Skip to main content

Rest Time is the Best Time


Today has all been about getting ready to return to work and trying to take on board a few bits of advice, to help stay chilled. I've been meeting up with some of my old neighbours to go for long walks over the past few months. Its a great way for me to learn more about the city, explore and have a good long chat with friends. So far we have covered a few stretches of the Thames Path around East London and also a trip out to Shoeburyness, to walk along the coast back past Southend-On-Sea and Leigh-On-Sea. I prefer exercising outdoors rather than the gym, so having a long walk and a chat feels so much more grounding, than always motoring along.

That said, I ran to meet them today, so that I could cross off my 2nd day on the R.E.D. January challenge, while I was out of the house. As well as doing my R.E.D. runs this month, I have signed up to a 30 day intro from meditation and yoga tutor, Holiday Philips. There's still time to get involved too, as you can sign up via her site http://www.breatheandstop.com to receive links to her programme of YouTube videos. I don't really take enough time to book yoga or relaxed time into my routine, so I am hoping this will give me a new reason to form a pattern to do this.

Additionally our coach and founder of Chasing Lights Collective, Chevy Rough, has also started a 30 day conversation about the role of programming wellness and mindfulness into your training plans and lifestyle too. You can follow this via the Chasing Summit's FB page, with video episodes being added daily to youtube too.

So as my attempt to take on board their messages, I got myself ready to return to work tomorrow, putting the house in order and having a bit of slow time, digging out my sketch book for a long awaited doodle.. An activity which I have been putting off for so long. I really enjoyed it once I sat down and allowed myself some rest. I would love to get some more creative time back in my diary this year, getting my printing back on too.

I'd become very negative about my artwork over this past year and aside from a couple of paint jams, I'd pretty much bailed out of this altogether. Art is a very subjective thing and when you are feeling a bit shit about yourself, its easy to stop doing the stuff that you don't have faith in. With running I know I will get out as much as I put into it. It's pretty logical and scientific - I like that. You train well + look after yourself = you can run well and complete challenges. Art is completely different and when you are sensitive to how others perceive you and the work you create, its easy to hide and not do it, out of fear that you will be told it looks shit. I have really enjoyed going out with my brother this year, to help him on some huge pieces. It's given me inspiration to keep trying, but I need to not be down on myself and find time to doodle small for a while

Lately and gratefully I seem to be seeing less grey everywhere. I really felt today that I was running in colour again, like a weight had been lifted and I was able to allow myself to feel happy, be Soph and not be burdened with the anxiety or low residual stress. I hope this feeling lasts for a while, as it feels like months since I was in this head space.

Glorious Technicolor has returned and I want to keep it this way.. 
More sunshine, more colour, less stress, more rest xx

Additional Posts You May Enjoy

Adventures in Girona: Winter Training Camp

It's taken a while to come down from the buzz of this camp, to try to put into words the boost which the experience has given me. To be fair, its probably gonna take a while longer for it all to sink in still, but I'll try to give you a slice of how it went, to tide you over until I have got my head back into gear and worked my way through all the footage.

In January, I was totally lucked out, to be given the opportunity to join the Adventure Syndicate ladies, in Spain for a week long Winter Training Camp, with Lee Craigie, Emily Chappell and coach John Hampshire, within the grounds of Girona Cycling. As well as being led by this incredible team, the group of ladies participating alongside me, were a force to be reckoned with.

Do you ever sign up for something, with anticipation that its going to be pretty cool, only to find that you have by some strange fate, found yourself in the middle of a complete game changer? This was my initial thought on day one and over the course o…

Calling All Ploggers

We're all finding ourselves surrounded by more and more brands and channels making us aware of the rising plastic pollution problems. Most of us have been trying to recycle for years, but there is still too much plastic ending up in landfill, or worse across our landscapes and in our seas. Our European cousins in Sweden are ahead of the game as usual with their efforts to clean up and have been combining their love of the outdoors, exercise and being generally good humans and cleaning up after each other.. Behold a new phenomenon - Plogging! Erik Ahlström started the Plogging movement, which is a combination of litter picking and jogging, when he moved to Stockholm from the Åre ski resort. He created the website Plogga to help organise events in 2016 and it has been growing internationally since. The Mindful Movement Club recently had a beach walk and clean up session at the beginning of summer near Shoeburyness, but interest in this proactive way to get exercise and clean our enviro…

Backpackers Keep It Up - 365 days and counting

Founded on 16th February 2017, the BackPackers are a running crew like no other. Led by Community Captain Leeanne Adu and Vice Captain Megan Beggs, alongside regular coaches Nav and Chevy from Chasing Lights Collective, the crew has grown in numbers and strength for the past 365 days.
Celebrating its 1st Birthday this evening, there are instantly recognisable reasons for its success. This is a family of nurturing individuals, not hardcore running machines. They celebrate the efforts required to keep moving, regardless of the every day mental and physical challenges which often prevent runners from getting to the start line, let alone claiming their medals. 
With 3 pace groups - Walk / Jog, Jog or Joggier, they welcome all levels of runners - but they do not focus on Speed, Time or Distance. These are new and seasoned runners, beginners, happy joggers, runners returning from injury - the back of the pack - but do not let that fool you.
This crew meets every Thursday evening at 6.45pm,…