I’m sure most of you know that I’m currently training for my first marathon at Bournemouth on the 4th October (6 weeks and 6 days, not that I’m counting 😉). Last Friday saw myself and my training buddy Suzanne get to 18 miles in our long run, to say this is exciting is an understatement!
On the Friday morning we decided we wanted to try a different route, and after putting out an appeal to my running friends on facebook for 18 mile run suggestions we decided to try my running club buddy Julian Porter’s suggestion of running to the Old Bake House in Beaulieu, a fabulous suggestion, thanks Julian.
We set off from Romsey and were surprised how quickly we were hitting the outskirts of the New Forest near Totton. When we finally arrived on the Beaulieu Road we couldn’t believe we had run somewhere that we would normally need to get to by car, it was such a massive sense of achievement, and I have to say it took our minds off the actual physical process of running! It turns out it was 16 miles to Beaulieu so we decided to head off on the footpath to Bucklers Hard to make up the last two miles. These were the hardest two miles but the thought of coffee and cake at the end of it kept us going.
We managed to take some photos as a reminder of the day, one before we started, one at the Beaulieu sign outside the Beaulieu Motor Museum and one at our final destination. I’m still buzzing with the achievement and this has been my best long run yet.
I have decided to raise sponsorship for Mind, the mental health charity. If you would like to sponsor me my justgiving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/Bex-Cleeves/
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