If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you…

Hi to all my colourful followers,

I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays? The biggest advantage for me is not making packed lunches every night in preparation for school the next day! The biggest disadvantage is the chaos it brings to working parents! Childcare seems like a massive juggle and we are literally just taking it one week to the next. On a positive note though, we have just returned from a fabulous summer break in Portugal with the Haddens. It really was total relaxation and a very much needed break from the daily routine.

Before we jetted off, I had one final mission to complete. Do you all remember me talking about the ‘Run Norwich’ event that I had booked earlier in the year? It is a 10k run through the historic city of Norwich with 7,000 other people.

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The lead up to the event was taken very seriously. I had spoken to a few running friends who had advised a little 5k run during the week would be a good idea to keep the legs moving and then the plan was to rest up and eat pasta on the lead up to the race. This is exactly what I did, bar a little work night out on the Friday which involved a couple of alcoholic beverages! I am pretty sure there must be a few carbs in a glass of wine anyway!

Race day came and I was up early to hydrate myself and go to the loo (very important). We headed into the City with the whole family. We had tonnes of time to kill so we ended up in a Cafe, drinking coffee, and soaking up the atmosphere.

The weather conditions seemed perfect. It was dry, although a little warm and no wind. I made my way to my ‘pen’ 15 minutes before the start time anxiously awaiting my friend to join me. Miraculously, we found each other and did our own little warm up together.

The horn sounded and we were off! The streets of Norwich were lined with people all shouting and cheering. There were also lots of live bands and DJs providing entertainment on route. This all made a huge difference to the mood and atmosphere, providing masses of motivation for all involved.

I ran 90% of the route with Em and we separated slightly near to Norwich Cathedral. In the end, we only finished 10 seconds apart. It was amazing to see so many special people near the finish line, I couldn’t have got to that point without each and every one of them. 

Once I had crossed the finish line, it was very surreal. I stopped running (obvs) and then before I knew it, I was in the que for a medal and bottle of water! At this point, I seemed a long way from anyone I knew and almost felt like I had nobody to celebrate with. It seemed like a long time between crossing the finish line and finding anyone that I remotely knew. I headed back to the forum, bumping into old school friends along the way.

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Eventually I was able to celebrate with my little family. We stood around taking pictures, wearing our medals and analysing our times. This was my second fastest 10k run and I was delighted with my time. I put in place this challenge at the beginning of the year and I feel great that I have achieved it. Who knows whats next… a half marathon?! It is true what they say, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. 

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It was such a great experience and I would recommend all new and existing runners to enter for next year. Well done to Mark, Nancy and Paul who also completed amazing runs – all finishing ahead of me I might add! 

Keeping the topic on point, Flo & Eddie achieved their Half Marathon awards at Norwich Junior Park Run this weekend. They were awarded little wrist bands for running 11 times, which totals half a marathon! I felt really proud of them both and love that they are adopting a healthy lifestyle. We must be doing something right as parents! 

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Have a good week,

Soph

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Sail Your Colours to the Mast!

Hey followers,

I hope you are all well? It is that time of the week again where I have miraculously found some time to sit down and write about a new experience.

This week was pretty special as I landed a place on the Norfolk Broads with lots of local influential people, including bloggers like myself. It was a beautiful summers evening as the #Broadstours left from Wroxham. We set sail at 7pm, the sun was shining, the gin was flowing and the live music was pouring out from top deck! My advice is that you must take every opportunity in life #Getonbroad

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For me, it was an amazing chance to meet some like-minded people. I spoke to lots of local mums, who were blogging about all aspects of motherhood. We exchanged our writing experiences and the most common denominator was that we all struggle to actually find time to sit down and write. Posting a story on Instagram is a much quicker way of conveying a message. It is also a great opportunity to reach a higher number of people. You may be questioning why I am therefore so dedicated to my blog?

Well…one of the top answers includes improving my writing skills. In order to keep up in today’s competitive environment, we must all continually evolve and develop our skills. I am constantly analysing my writing with the view to improve. Instagram is not the forum for sharing knowledge and making a difference, although admittedly it can help build a brand. 

Writing is a hobby and meeting such a great bunch of people at the ‘#norfolkbloggers event just accelerated it. I feel more motivated than ever.

We all admitted that we don’t sit and write in a purpose built studio, den or workroom. Infact, I usually write while on the sofa or sat up in bed. This is the place I feel most comfortable and relaxed.

Writing is often interrupted by children needing a drink. Or perhaps to break up a small fight as world war II unfolds! It is not always as relaxing as I once visualised but I am sure lots of you can relate 😉

I would like to give a special shout out to those on the #Broadstours who were promoting their local businesses. My top 3 included The Rainbow Glitter Bar, Lee Van (Norfolks one-man band) and The Garden Kitchen (Independent cafe). The Canopes were devine.

Flo turns 7 tomorrow so I must dash and get some rest before the celebrations commence. 

Have a good week,

Soph

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