Thursday, May 17, 2007


Yes a year ago today I got home :o)

Best feeling I've ever had. I'm not a parent so no idea what child birth is like (other then painful!), so it's not that sort of comparison. But when I came home I've never felt so much emotion, and frankly so much relief. Spending anytime away from what we call "normality" is always likely to be life changing. A year on and I'm still comprehending and coming to understand how I've changed, my values, my lifestyle, my outlook. But then spending 6months in a war zone when you come from a very part-time military background and working in a normal job as a normal accountant in a normal town in the UK - well it's going to take a while to adjust.

So I'm so glad to be ALIVE!

I didn't run yesterday evening, but I went tonight (to celebrate ;o) ).... and you know, it was a better night anyhow. A beautiful evening after a really wet and dull day. A lovely run in the countryside, the smell of the damp grass drying and the sound of cows mooing and oh ok James Blunt on my iPod (and a small dog that nearly got my ankles).... but it was great. I AM SO LUCKY. 7.2km in 41mins.

This Saturday I'm acting as Triathlon wing woman/ support crew for a friend, Angel, who I met in Lanzarote. She's doing her first UK Triathlon (first ever Tri being the sprint in Lanzarote), and her first OW Tri. Can you believe her b/friend has ditched her for a 5hour bike ride... so ok he's doing an IM in a few weeks so I guess we'll let him off ;o) It will be great insight for me just to watch a Tri - never done that so watching the fight at the start of the swim and the chaos in transition will be fun!



  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    As a fellow accountant, I will agree that the mundane is far better than hanging out in a war zone. I'm glad you made it back safely.

    It's very cool that you are helping out your friend as a tri-sherpa. I hope she does great.

  2. Yay! I had no idea. Peeps that sacrifice for the greater good are at the top of my list :-) You go, girl!!

  3. It would be nice to see something other than elbows, feet, and bubbles at the start of the swim. Hey you never know, maybe as a spectator, you don't get kicked or punched. Well, then again there are always those hardcore sports fans.

  4. Hi Karen how's it going? Thanks for popping in. I've actually been following your blog for a few weeks now but hadn't got around to saying hello yet. Hello!

    I am doing a HM a week tomorrow but the HIM is still just a thought right now. I originally planned a STri for July 15th but have been thinking about doing the HIM that day instead. If I do it it will just be to do it. Thinking I'll have a good idea after that whether a IM will be in my future or not.

    I was worried about mileage onthe legs at first as well because of a history of knee problems in my family. I think with the circuit training I do and only running 3 days a week I have built up some good legs for running. Now I don't worry about my running at all. If you want to do a HM and HIM you can do it!