Day 932, September 30, the day of the Nottingham half-marathon, which also served as the England championships. Fancy, right? With 12,000 runners lined up at the start, it was destined to be a big thing. The city centre hostel where I stayed at truly was a bit too central. And cramped. So, there was loads of noise outside, no air in the room where 6 people slept, and as a bonus, a random drunk guy standing in the middle of the room in the middle of the night, confused. Not cool at all. My upper bunk neighbour was tossing and turning the whole night and went to the toilet 10 times or something. The bed creaked, oh, how it creaked. Quite hard to get a good night’s sleep. Compared to the spacious YHA hostels, which are also half the price (!), this really was an awful place. In the morning, the kitchen was in a horrible state, too. I do miss living in a house. I need a new house sit soon! Tired of being “homeless”. Give me a house and some pets, please! Will take a good care of them. Anyhow, I did doubt going to the race but still did. How did I do? Read from point 3 of the progress report.
1. Own and live in a house.
I missed being in a house. A housesitter without a house to sit is miserable.
2. Write AND publish a book.
Did manage to write my house sitting memoirs a bit. Got almost up to date with the journal, while waiting for my meal at Wetherspoon’s. In the evening, I sat in the hostel kitchen and wrote my creative writing task for Monday evening: trying my hand at a fantasy story, in which there is a human/animal divide. I did get on with it quite well until another hostel visitor tried to convince how students should not study but party. Well, I don’t care, I came here to study, you do what you want. I did finish the story, although the ending might have been rushed as I really wanted to get out of the kitchen and away from that guy. In the room, I kept reading about theory and making notes. Great progress on the creative writing front!
3. Win a major race.
Participated in the Nottingham half marathon and finished with 1:36:00. My 4th best time, not thrilled, but it will do. I did think about stopping halfway, even less than halfway, through the race. The beginning was so hilly, up and down, up and down, it really wore me out and I soon lost sight of the 1:30 pacemaker. Well, not this time. At one point, I felt how I did not want to do the race. I wanted to stop but kept going. And going. And then it was over. In fact, I started to find my footing only in the second half of the race. It was more of a downhill route after the first 10K, to be honest! During the race, I decided that I would be doing 5K and 10K races for the rest of the year and will try to beat my PB next year. I will be so strong then. Promise.
The Nottingham half took place on a really cold day. There were people by the track but not great amounts. However, more in the end where you might need more encouragement. Did see a castle and a deer park but not too many sights on the route. Could be more picturesque! But… they do have a massage (free) tent.
Photo of the Day
It was the Robin Hood half marathon, so here is a robin! There were quite many of those. More photos on Instagram.