Posted: 27/07/2015 at 10:08
Hi all - it's been a busy weekend for me, but I managed to squeeze a run (7-miles) in on Saturday AM.
Saturday I went up to Manchester for an evening out with a load of people from that Widowed and Young group I've mentioned. There were 32 of us there and it was a good night out, and I caught up with them for breakfast on the Sunday before travelling back on the train (5hrs each way). It's quite hard to explain really; people are enjoying themselves, but also the reason we all know each other is because of tragic circumstances, but there is an openness amongst the group that is really refreshing. No topic is off limits, whereas at other occasions I sometimes can't say what's on my mind for fear of bringing the mood down etc. It's really good being around people who "get it" and who understand the swings where you can be happy one minute and upset the next. Some people were very early on (2 months) and some much further along (10 years) but it was good catching up with them. For me it was nice seeing people 5+ years along as it shows it is possible to get through this and rebuild a life (albeit one they weren't planning), as I have to say that sometimes I do have my doubts. I had never met any of them face-to-face before but it's a really active Facebook group, and I'm glad I've found it. They have lots of events planned, but I think my next one will be Bruges in December with a load of them.
I travelled back yesterday, and I've just been "packing" (i.e, chucking stuff into a suitcase in quite a haphazard way) as I'm off to Sri Lanka today! Really, really looking forward to going as it looks a great place to visit, and I've never been before. I am taking my running stuff, but running won't really be the priority whilst I'm there. If I can get a couple of runs in, I'll be happy but I suppose I have to be reaslitic that I may not even manage that. I'll see how it goes, and I hope I don't lose too much fitness or put on too much weight over the next couple of weeks but I am really looking forward to the food there!! I obviously knew I would have this gap in training when I entered the October marathon, so I'll just have to do my best when I get back
I may not post too much over the next couple of weeks or so, but happy running everyone!