Just Breathe…

I’ve had a pretty bad month this March.  Last week I discovered that my poor Marley had a tumor – he has since had this removed and I can only pray that it hasn’t already spread.  I also found out that God made my knees on a Friday.  During my 16-mile run in early March, my knee decided to give out and was excruciating (and has been ever since).  I am yet to get a diagnosis for this and think I am on the 8th diagnosis which is not only frustrating as it is disappointing. Next week I have a scan to find out what’s going on, once and for all….

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Since the beginning of March (apart from a couple of short runs), I have not been able to carry out any long runs.  I am absolutely gutted at the thought that I may not be on the start line for London next month and the longer time goes on, the more unlikely this prospect is.  Needless to say, my mental health has taken a bit of a battering.  I’ve been keeping a low profile from social media as this is doing nothing for my anxiety.  On the positive side, I have raised a whopping £1600 for the Rowan’s Hospice which they are extremely grateful for.

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Sometimes its good to reminded that we can’t control everything. Our society promotes the ability to have it all and to do it all, if you can’t, you’re a failure. You’re not, its ok not to be ok. Its okay to let friends know that you’re not in a great place.

I have been filling my time with Marley cuddles, and lots of Cross training.  Yoga has also helped, to enable me to just BREATHE…. And mostly, I’m trying to be kind to myself.

Until next time…

Kezza x

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today it’s time to celebrate. To celebrate all the strong women in your life, and You! Women are no longer hidden and being a woman is pretty amazing.  Today is International Women’s Day, which means a celebration of achievements of women all over the world. International Women’s day 2019, has a motivating theme #balanceforbetter – setting out an agenda for a gender balanced world.

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International Women’s Day says something special to all those strong women in our lives, our mum’s, sisters, girlfriend’s, wives, daughter’s, friends and work colleagues. Women’s Day has been around for a century now, but what does it mean?

It means celebrating women’s achievements – achievements of women’s movements and how far we have come. It means demanding change for the future and absolute equality, in life, at work, and in education and sport.

Nowadays, we take for granted the ability to vote, to run, to work, the right to equal access to education  -we all know that this wasn’t always the case (in some countries, it still isn’t). These rights have come about and have derived from tenacious struggles. We mustn’t forget that gender equality is still being written. We still have some way to go to achieve equal pay, and equality in the social and political world.

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Its true to say that women are still under-presented in politics, business and construction.  If we get there, we are often paid less than men for the same professional position.  Sadly, discrimination and violence against women is also still an issue.

Together, we can get there. I believe that people come into our lives for a reason. There will be those who enter your life and a small action on their point has had a big impact on your life.

Here’s to the women in your life who have made your world, made you smile, been thoughtful, and for those that just make your world brighter just by being in it.

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I would love to hear about the woman who changed you.

As it is International Women’s Day today, I began thinking about all the women who have had an impact on my life -inspired me, helped me grow, challenged me and built me up when I needed it. This inspired me to make the following video.  I hope you enjoy it! 😊

Kezza xx