The last week has been quite an incredible ride.
On 18 March, my book Running Adventures Scotland was officially released for pre-order over on Vertebrate Publishing’s website.
I am very grateful to Ourea Events for supporting the pre-order launch by offering one lucky customer an entry to the Ring of Steall Skyrace – a race I would highly recommend!
Since then, I have been on two podcasts. One – the Young Hearts Run Free – enjoyed having me on so much we had the conversation twice! Though, maybe that was because the vagaries of technology meant the first one didn’t record!
There are a number of other exciting events on the horizon, with a few livestreams, more podcasts, interviews and an Instagram live with Damian Hall to mark the publication day on 5 May.
I am mindful to both be excited and seize these opportunities with both hands, but also be prepared for the come down, which will inevitably happen.
While at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival the weekend pre-orders launched, I watched Learning to Drown, following the turbulent and heart-wrenching story of stunt snowboarder Jess Kimura.
In amongst all the nasty accidents, there was a thread and a philosophy at the end which I found compelling. To paraphrase: Life is just a series of waves; at times you are riding them and others you are falling off. Though, without recognising that one must follow the other, you are living for those good times to only experience half a life.
I think we should all be more aware of the fact that there are times when we are riding a wave and feeling great, but you shouldn’t live your life waiting for those times. We cannot prevent the hard times, but know how to react when they do come.
Needless to say, it’s OK to not be OK, and I am certainly learning how to be kinder to myself when those not OK times roll around.
For now, this is an exciting time, and if you do want to collaborate with me, just check out the other pages on this website for other ideas!