What happened to April?

OK, seriously, what the hell has happened to this year?! It’s nearly my birthday which means the hard, dark months of winter have passed and somehow, I’ve survived them. I really like taking the time to look back and reflect on the past month- even if no-one else is interested, it helps me to articulate what’s been going on, and whether or not I’m where i want to be. So here goes my recap of the past two months (cos I’ve been kinda shitty at keeping track recently)!

Marathon day was a high and a low

To be honest it’s really hard to articulate how I feel about my first marathon. I had a pretty horrific race, and feel quite disappointed with how I performed. Now don’t get me wrong- I’m not fishing for compliments or asking anyone to jump in and tell me how amazing I am- I just need to figure a way to get it into my head that I did achieve something that day, and to be proud and grateful for it. If i’m being honest I don’t really remember a lot of the day- it was like a dream, and so it’s hard to appreciate that it actually happened. Is that weird? Yeah probably…

I loved training and I’m loving not training

I absolutely adored the structure and purpose that a training plan gave me, both in my life and in my running. It helped me to be out running in winter, and it did wonders for my mental health. That being said, now that I’m back to running, I’m running for fun and falling back in love with it. I’ve explored London, taken friends on my favourite routes, caught up on gossip and enjoyed some cracking podcasts in the past few weeks.

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Spring is finally here!

Well, in the very British sense, of course. We’ve had glorious sunshine interspersed with freakin’ hailstorms. But such is life in England- we’ll take what we can get. I’ve been loving the longer days- having more sunlight gives me so much more energy, plus I can run in the evening without the inevitable panic about being serial murdered.

This tee ❤ 

After seeing it on Instagram, i ordered this t-shirt from Sarah Marie Design Studio. I love it, and wear it when I need some girl power inspo. It’s not so in-your-face as some running or exercise-themed graphic tees, which is exactly why I love it so.

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Yoga is where it’s at this month

I signed up to a hot yoga studio in Central London, in an attempt to stretch, strengthen and soothe everything. It’s great. That is all.

I’m focussing on good food

I’m really trying to stop calorie counting, whilst acknowledging that if I’m going to put on some muscle (and avoid a repeat of the disaster that was marathon day) I may have to get used to putting on some weight. I’ve stopped weighing myself, but I’m trying to become less emotionally attached to the daily fluctuations of my body. #girlprobs, amirite?

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I’ve discovered audiobooks

Buuuut I’m incredibly picky about them, and it takes me ages to pick one and stick with it. I recently listened to The Girl With All The Gifts, which started out great but fizzled out towards the end. Nonetheless, I’m glad I saw it through till the end.

My best friends remain, inevitably, my best friends

I mention them quite a lot in my favourites, but Ben and Josh were amazing on marathon day and I have a newfound appreciation for them. They got a coach up to Manchester at 6am to see me in the marathon. They came up with really shitty and punny cheers to yell at me, and then they bought me chicken and chips at the finish. That’s love, guys. They don’t actually read my blog (they’re not that good) but they’ve both been inspired to take up running themselves which is fantastic!

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What’s been going on with you this month? What are your highlights?

Lots of love,

Pippa xx

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3 thoughts on “What happened to April?

  1. My first marathon felt like a dream too. I’ve talked to many people that have said they feel like they mentally black out during their marathons and don’t remember much, so maybe that’s normal?! I can’t believe it’s already May. We’re almost half way through 2016, it’s so crazy! I’m hoping the summer is nice and enjoyable and doesn’t go by too fast, but with so much to look forward to over the next few months I feel like it will be Christmas before we know it :-X

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  2. I hear you about the disappointing marathon… I felt the same way about mine earlier this year. I try to think of it now in terms of how it and the training cycle itself made me a better runner. Yeah, my first marathon sucked, but it helped me build a solid distance running base. And if I run a marathon again, that base will still be there to help me do better next time.

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  3. Love that T-shirt – I think I need one!

    Marathons are funny things. At the time, your senses can feel hyper-alive, yet afterwards there are big gaps in your memory and the whole thing feels like a bit of a dream. I think this is what makes us forget the pain of the final miles and sign up to another one really soon after!

    I’ve been enjoying running without any structure to pressure too – exploring new routes, listening to podcasts and enjoying the “spring” weather 🙂

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