Running, Swapping and Listening

A mixed bag of a day but a nice one. I went along to my second Sligo ParkRun in my ‘new’ €1 charity shop athletics top – as if it would make a difference!

This week was tough, I honestly thought I was going to die mid-way through. I had a pain in my neck, a stitch in my side, an earache and I was gasping for a drink (water not vodka). I was very, very, tempted to quit but with the encouragement from the other parkrunners I carried on going. I got slightly excited when one of the volunteers told me to make the most of the downhills and I thought he said doughnuts!

Anyway after much huffing and puffing I made it back, spurred on by everyone at the final cheering me on and Caitriona snapping my pic – I look how I feel! I think I’m going to play the Rocky theme next week – ooh get me next week. Earlier today I was thinking never again! On a positive note I was five minutes quicker than last week – maybe the athletics top worked after all.

After I recovered I went to Beltra Country Market for a clothes swap, I do love a good old clothes swap. It’s a great way to get new clothes without spending a fortune. I can’t actually remember the last time I bought myself a brand new outfit, I have neither the money nor the style sense to know what would suit me. I got a couple of bits from the swap so that was good….and I didn’t buy a cake! That’s a miracle in itself.

Next on the agenda was a talk about how mindfulness can help overcome mental health issues. We heard about Cathi’s story. Cathi runs yoga hOme in Sligo town, she such a lovely person and she was very generous to share her story with us. She’s a very inspirational person and runs various courses that might be of interest to you.

So that was my Saturday in Sligo. Tomorrow I’m going to do absolutely nothing!

 

 

 

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