I am a Runner, Not a Jogger

Today, I ran as fast as I could for 8mins 35secs, shaving 5secs off my PB for that distance. It was exhilarating! As I took a shower, I was thinking about the speed I could manage when I started running a few years ago – I might have looked like a ‘jogger.’

Jogging is defined as ‘the activity of running at a steady, gentle pace as a form of physical exercise’.

But nothing about my running experience has ever been ‘gentle.’ It’s always been a huge challenge. What appeared to some people as ‘jogging’ was usually my maximum effort at that time. Continue reading

Finding the Yellow

On March 1st, I began a Gratitude Journal. It involves writing down five things I’m grateful for every day. I hadn’t thought I would find it particularly helpful, but I saw the benefits instantly.

There’s something about writing it down. It changes the way you look at everything throughout the day. If you look for all the brown things in your room, then brown is all you see. But if you look for yellow…

There are days when it’s a huge strain to find the Continue reading

News: A Change

While I was away for graduation in November, I made a big decision: I’m going to stop conducting the Beginner and Intermediate Bands at the end of this academic year.

I sat in the Holiday Inn in Cardiff with my friend and began to talk about the future. It was clear that something needed to change.

I’d struggled for quite a few months. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to Continue reading