I was definitely excited about meeting up again with the Special K Team for our 2nd meet up in London. This time Sophie had arranged for us to run over all of the major bridges over the Thames and we would end up finishing at the iconic Tower Bridge.
Initially, the total distance was to be around 15 miles and I’d got myself prepared for trying to achieve that distance. The last thing I wanted was to let anyone down, but I had a bigger drive in me this time, it was another opportunity for me to achieve something bigger. The more I trained the more I’d begun to look for little opportunities to push myself a bit more to see what I could achieve. I had been training for 2 and a half months and my mindset was focused in a totally different direction compared to a few months prior.
My feeling of excitement though was not just about the run, it was the thought of creating more great memories. The prospect of travelling somewhere different and taking in part in something so simple but yet so rewarding with inspirational people releases a set of neurochemicals that are addictive. These 3 simple things; travel, exercise and like-minded people all rolled into one is the recipe for great memories. Our initial meet up in Battersea Park was exactly that, but this time we would spend a bit more time soaking up the experience and taking the opportunity to see different places in London whilst getting to know each other better.This is what life is about for me, the experience.
Our common denominator was running, but what Sophie does which a lot of people miss, is bring people together with no pressure. What I mean, is that we are meeting not to have a race to see who is the best, we are meeting as friends doing a spot of training, as a bit of a get-together just enjoying the moment.
We all love to travel, see different places and meet different people, but when you combine this with exercise it has a totally different effect on your neurology and how you remember the experience. I won’t go into detail here, but essentially by combining these things, you have a flood of all the amazing neurochemicals all at once! Not only does this make you feel great, it hardwires the experience into your neural networks!
Sophie decided that the run would now be around 8 miles and the weather was glorious. I felt like I knew the team a lot better this time around and we had some fantastic conversations whilst running at a steady pace along and over the bridges of London. This is what running with a group is all about, no time limits, no pace to set, just enjoying the experience with great people and having great conversations. We finished by taking some obligatory selfies on Tower Bridge and then headed for some well-earned brunch.
Simple experiences make the best memories, the best experiences are made from simple recipes. What a day! Next stop, the Great Manchester Run.