I can truly say I am BUZZING after last night’s run. What a super evening! We kicked off the evening on the roof top of the stunning Marker Hotel with a green juice reception – super clean and yummy. The sun was shining – but not too much- and there was a light warm breeze to help us along our way. We were all pretty nervous – one of the runners comparing it to first day at school nerves!
It’s not easy walking into a group of girls you don’t know – not to mention being in your oh so flattering running gear – wondering if you’ll be able to keep up. But it was like a school reunion of sorts! Everyone felt like old friends before we even set off, there was such a buzz of chatter and laughter. The nerves turned into excitement once we all realised we were in it together, and that I wasn’t as mean as I look….!
Our run took is around the docklands area – I adore this area of Dublin, there are so many contrasts. Old Dublin stands strong, looking strangely comfortable surround by modern, cosmopolitan luxury.
We ran from Grand Canal Dock, over the narrow bridge to Ringsend Park with that magnificent view of the Aviva Stadium. A couple of laps of the park with the local kids in toe and we headed back through the docklands passing the graffiti beautified Windmill Lane, out onto the Sir John Rogerson’s Quay with the sun setting right before our eyes, across the iconic but steep Samuel Beckett Bridge ( there were a few moans and groans at this point) and then finally home.
A feast of raw food, protein treats and green juice cocktails awaited us on the rooftop of the Marker – we were truly spoilt! Looking at all of the girls munching away happily I felt so inspired. These girls had made such an effort to be there, to be part of this fantastic experience because they want to feel better, they want to be healthier, they want to be part of something positive. It honestly made me feel warm and fuzzy inside – that’ll be those endorphins! Everyone was super excited, motivated and dead proud of themselves. We shared stories, laughed and made plans.
Today I feel so privileged, not only to be part of this group, but to be a woman. We are just fabulous, and when that fabulousness joins forces special things happen.
Last night I witnessed such kindness among the girls. Despite knowing each other a very short time, the girls spurred each other along like old team mates would. Everyone struggled at some point but there was always someone there to help with a kind word, a smile or even a hand. We all know what it’s like to struggle, we have all been there and sometimes all we need to know is that we aren’t alone – I guess that’s what makes it so special to run together like this, we’re all in it together.
When we come together and share our weaknesses as well as our strengths and we admit that we are not perfect – that we are beautifully imperfect – sparks fly, people thrive, dreams are achieved. Last night we walked away taller, prouder, more empowered, massively inspired and with a gaggle of new buddies.
Mondays will never be the same again….
Thank you ALL,