Day 99: Derry, Northern Ireland
This is my first post since April. I had stopped posting because it felt laboured and forced for a bit. So I took a break and now that it feels natural again I am picking up where I left off.
Which to me is an important part of travel and of life; enjoy the ride and follow your gut. Don't force it and focus as much on the path you're on as where it takes you.
This is a photo of my first ever view of any part of Ireland. It was taken on a disposable camera as I was getting off of my flight from London to Derry with my cousin.
This was a trip for my 21st birthday and my entire life I had dreamed of visiting the places I was about to see.
This view, although astethically plain, was one of the greatest views I had ever had and marks the beginning of a passion for and love of travel that defines who I am.
And in that spirit I continue on with my 365 days of travel pics.
Finally made myself a half decent logo 😎 Thought I'd make a post to show how it evolved and changed as I worked on it... the handwritten text is all my own writing with the exception of one earlier font which was "Marker Felt Wide" if you're interested. I'm going to turn the final design into a stencil with dripping paint in future but I'm pretty happy with it for now! Not sure if I actually need the handwritten part any more but I spent the most time on it so I'll use it for something lol.
Sometimes I feel like life is like the stones at the Giant's Causeway. You could go five different ways at any one time. There's not always a clear path forward. And sometimes the path you take just seems to make no sense, zigzagging everywhere. But you sort of have to walk that way, because you can't always just go straight, and you have to watch for slippery rocks. But in the end, you do end up somewhere. I pray that God would help me just enjoy the stone I'm on, being grateful that He's brought me this far. And then to pick a direction and start going, and trust Him to lead me to His destination even if my path defies obvious logic. I need to give each and every step to Him, no matter how small or big.
So a little over a week ago I got the chance to run for Northern Ireland at the Home International mountain Running champs in Sedburg, England.
Recently I've lost a little of the running mojo and lacked the fitness of 12 months prior. Landing to the start line of races and just winging it. To good result in some cases but with the call up for Sedburg I was looking forward to some focused training and good preparation for the race..... Unfortunately we can't always have things our own way as life, & in some cases the chance meeting of a rock and my knee get in the way.
Never the less team NI land to the start line on what was a very warm, sunny Sunday morning. The race would cover two laps of a very fast runnable course totaling 12km and roughly 800m of elevation.
The race start was delayed a short time which only intensified the heat of the day. It was all guns blazing from the off, with a blistering pace set by the front runners. My lack of preparation was soon evident as the pack steamed ahead. It took the initial climb to settle into the race and a very fast decent followed soon after.
The first lap was soon complete & the initial frantic pace at the head of the pack had causes some over heating issues with athletes pulling of course with the effects of heat exhaustion as the struggled through the sauna like air. The heat was stifling and my head began to pound but sheer ignorance and some slow hiking helped me through the rough patch and out of the breeze-less bowl. With the addition of a gentle breeze the remainder of the race slipped by one foot step at a time.
I may not have had the fitness which I desired for this race but I know every time I put myself out there and take on a race like this, especially when running for a team I come home having given my all & learned new lessons in this wonderful sport.
Plus the craic with the lads is always worth the trip away.
So big thanks to the rest of the team and NIMRA for your support. Cheers