A few months ago when I became an Ambassador for Pukka, we put our heads together to think about what our partnership meant and how we could create something that we hope could power and inspire you to live your best, most inspired and fulfilled life. Today I am excited to launch our #BrewYourPower campaign!
On Sunday 24th April I ran the Virgin London Marathon dressed head-to-toe in body paint displaying inspirational messaging and patterns. Starting at 4am, the talented Jules from Bentley Body Art started first with the paint, then with the messages, patterns and finally, glitter and a few gems. As the paint went on, I grabbed my phone and wrote the words which flowed from me.
With a week until the London marathon, there’s no more training to be done. It’s taper time. Whilst the body rests, now is the time to get your mind into gear and prepare for the challenge ahead.
If you are starting to worry, feel fear or contemplate doubts, that is totally normal, you are not alone. I am doing the same. If it was easy everyone would be doing it! If you knew you could do it, it wouldn’t be a challenge. What happens in the mind during those 26.2 miles cannot be predicted or controlled, but it can be managed and we can prepare for it.
This year I will be joining 36,000 people running the London Marathon on April 24th as part of the Lucozade team. Not only is it my first time running it, but also my first marathon. Having completed ultra marathons and Ironman triathlons, the challenge for me is not going the distance but upping the pace.
On Thursday 9th of July I decided to enter Race to The Stones, a 100km ultramarathon along The Ridgeway from Oxford to Avebury. On Saturday 11th July I ran 100kms in 13 hours 19 seconds. My first ultramarathon.
It's 5:38pm on the evening of Friday 26th June. Calves screaming, sweat dripping, lungs pumping and my pain face well and truly locked in, I've just passed the 400m mark on Chamonix's Vertical KM race and it's hurting like hell. I'm seriously starting to question my sanity.
When I think about how I mentally prepare for my next challenge, I always think of my experiences with Ironman.
On Thursday evening I wrote a blog about being rejected from a BBC TV show, 'World's Toughest Army', for being a woman.