…which may be surprising to many, seeing as I haven’t blogged since April!
I’m not actually back – I just feel like writing a post (mainly to myself, as I doubt anyone reads anymore!). Maybe this post is to put things down for my own records? After all, I still like reading back on my old posts and seeing what I was doing a couple of years ago. It’s very peculiar!
But anyway. A lot has happened since April 30th – a lot a lot.
The biggest and worst thing was that Chika – my beautiful horse of 7.5 years – got put to sleep. I had started sharing her with a friend, because I knew I would have very little time in September. Chika and the friend got on brilliantly, and she was looking so fit and well. In July however, she got an eye problem – she came in one day from the field blinded in one, and the eye was completely clouded over.
We got the vet out straight away, and to cut a long story short, 3 weeks and 4 vets later – and a lot of different drugs – there was no improvement. So, we took her to Newmarket, which is THE expert vet place to go in the UK (due to its racing links). The vet told us that the dodgy eye would have to be removed, no two ways about it – but the really sh!t part was that her ‘good’ eye was beginning to do exactly the same thing. Basically, within days or weeks, she’d be completely blind. It is impossible to keep a blind horse, and her quality of life would be absolutely on the floor. So on August 3rd, the same day we took her to Newmarket, we drove back to say goodbye. It was honestly one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – saying goodbye to my bestest friend in the whole world. I’m tearing up as I write this! At the moment, there are no plans to get another horse.
In other news – I started teaching training in September, which is going really well. I’m crazy busy, but loving it! I get up at 5am to run before school starts (I’m marathon training), get home at 6pm, eat some food, work some more, and am in bed by 9.30! Crazytimes!
Ah yes, marathons – I was signed up to do Chester (which was today!) but I didn’t get round to training for it. My running was pretty crappy over the summer, as there was so much else going on – not only was there the Chika stuff, but my Grandpa also got very sick, and ended up spending 2 weeks in hospital. He now has a full time live in carer. So anyway, now things have calmed down a bit, I’m training for Portsmouth Coastal marathon, which is on December 23rd!! I ran 16miles this morning – which was bloody hard – but I’m enjoying it. Definitely not planning on a PB (running at 5am means threshold runs and tempo runs are the LAST thing I want to do!), but i do want to have a good time!
I spent the summer working in a Rohan shop, which I aboslutely loved! I met some brilliant, wonderful people, earnt some money, gained some confidence, and was very sad to leave at the very end of August. I miss my Rohan buddies!
I think that’s about the it at the moment…this was a very random post, and it’s more for my benefit than anything – kind of therapy like!? It feels nice to type out the past few months’ happenings though