The night before 26.2 mile/24 HOURS RUN GRATEFUL CHALLENGE
Packed all the essentials:
2 pairs of trainers, both 361 degrees (spire 4 and Strata 4). Both of these trainers were gifted. I have run in the Spire 4 a number of times and the level of comfort in the runs is amazing. They have a great cushion feel and ideal for long and short runs. I have been gifted the Strata 4 to test run and provide a review. What an ideal way of doing that by taking them along on this awesome challenge. I will alternate between the pair and vlog my review straight after the runs. Packed a few of my favourite t-shirts including Black girls do run UK, Running Heroes, Teamrunderwear, Adidas Runners Zurich, few leggings, socks, toiletries etc. Most likely overpacked, better safe than sorry, right lol. Also have a yoga mat, foam roller, sleeping bag, camping chair, powerbanks to charge my phone - you name it, it's there!
I have done quite well today in terms of hydration and fuelled reasonable well. 3 meals and no snacking in between like usual, but this may be because I was really busy WFH today..either way 'thumbs up'
How do you mentally prepare for such a challenge? The excitement is sky high and over the moon that I have one of my close friends taking part too, Hasan (@thechallengerinme). It is going to be an awesome experience. I have never really taken part in a gratitude run/activity/event, and I think this is a great way of actually celebrating and giving thanks for what we have. I have a few dedications in mind and one of my IG friends has asked me to dedicate one of my gratitude mile to them for which I am extremely grateful and be so happy to do. I will also be thinking a lot about my dad and will be taking a picture (keyring) with me on my miles. Life is short and what this year has taught me more than ever is to be in the moment, appreciate what you have because there is someone praying for what we have. When things look especially dire, it's tough to muster up a whole lot of gratitude. We sometimes need help turning our frown upside down (or you, know getting out of bed).
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
I also strongly believe that we should 'pay it forward '. What I mean is that it's important for me to help people wherever possible. We all need a little help at times and no one has ever become poor by giving. A little kindness goes a long way and you may just be the only person that has ever helped that one person😉
On that note, it's good night from me and I will keep you posted on this awesome experience.