Sorry to those who read my Instagram post but wanted to put this on the blog, as although it is not somewhere I have explored as such, running really has been with me throughout this whole big adventure and seen me overcome challenges I never thought I could do.
You could sit there and read this thinking, well you play sport and you are a PE teacher, of course you can run. Or you are slim so you must be able to run. I am going to say that actually that is all false. Before I came to China I rarely ran, I enjoy playing and the social of team sports and mentally I could never go further than 10km. It is such a challenge, but when you finish it is so enjoyable (once you finish...) But actually out here, it has given me a mental strength to overcome tough China Days and a new hobby and achieved half marathon paces I never ever thought I could do. Even completing one I never thought I could ever do!!
It has been a welcomed surprise and throughout the 700km these trainers have got me through, I have so many memories of new countries and experiences. But most importantly it has kept me smiling.
If you have not read Bella Mackie's book, Jog On: How Running Saved my Life, i would highly recommend it. Even if you can just get those trainers on and jog to the end of the street the first day, it is amazing what you can achieve if you persevere. I now regularly run the 12km back home after work in 30degrees+++ and 90% humidity amongst electric bikes, busy pavements and weird and wonderful smells- if I can do it...so can you.