It's been an amazing year, which at times seemed like all finish lines were out of sight, but I am really happy to say that last week I completed my last race of the year, Birmingham Half Marathon.
Which means that I have also rounded up my fundraising and managed to just tip the edge over my target of £1000 for Mind, the mental health charity. I'm so grateful for all the sponsorship from everyone, as well as the good vibes and support from friends, all RDC and CLC communities, Vicky Stapleton-Wale for mileage advice - and also my family.
Mum, Poppy and Dad came along to wave me into the finish in Birmingham, which generated this 'smile', before I cried my eyes out on the finish line. With true Brummie love, the marshals ushered me into the arms of another runner, dressed as Wonder Woman, who turned the tears straight back into giggles. It was a major personal challenge to complete this one, and I'm pleased I did the thing.
This last race was just 13 weeks after my accident, and though I completed it, I've realised I am not fit enough to race any more this year. The first 10 miles were great, but the final 3 miles were scattered by dizzy spells. Between that and regular headaches most days, the physical effects of the head injuries will take a while longer to recover from. Whilst I am still working my way through a few things, I am back in regular therapy and working on the bits of my head which evidently take a little longer to fix, than my shoulder has.
I'm really proud of all that has been accomplished this year and extend a massive thank you to everyone who has been a part of it.. My daughter Poppy especially but there's been a core group of close friends whose regular catch ups have helped me recover pretty quickly.
Time to chill now though and hatch plans for next year - the event diary already has a couple of bookings taking shape, plus a few family members are looking to join me too.. Exciting times xx