Day 12: Sòca valley, Slovenia 

This place is by far the most beautiful place we have been to so far in this trip! The clear blue river/rapids and the views of the Alps that surround it are stunning.   

 

  We woke up and decided to go for a hike down the valley, the destination was a waterfall that was recommended by campsite owner, we thought the 10km hole would take a couple of hours but ended up taking the whole day! 

It was hot! Very hot, and the two bottles of water we had brought with us where gone very quickly! This meant when we finally got to the waterfall we were too tired and dehydrated to really apriciate it, but looking back at the pictures now I can how stunning it was.  

          

Nike women’s Amsterdam 10k 

                  

This is just a teaser trip before our real adventure. We still have a very long and hard 2 days left.

A couple of us girls decided a few months ago that we would love to do the Nike 10k women’s race around the city and that actually dragging our partners to watch wouldn’t be such a bad idea!

The run: 

Amazing! My most favourite race EVER. It beats the marathon (mainly because I remembered how long a marathon was whilst doing it)

The 4 of us who ran it had a mix of experience so we decided to run it together to make it more fun! Plus I had a cold and the others were cautious over knee injuries so it was never going to be competitive.

The only negative of the day was the huge queue to collect your registration which dissolved 20 mins before the start of the race into a mass panic!

The absolutely overwhelming positive of the day? Running into the Amsterdam Olympic stadium, a huge crowd cheering, drums and music beating, lights flashing and a very over excited sprint finish which has now cost the use of my voice for the past 3 days (the cold came back with revenge)

The day after we spent the day on a river boat drinking stupid amounts of Processco with some amazing people seeing the best sites of Amsterdam.

Trip advisories: 

Definitely visit omlegg – this place was rated in the top 5 places to eat in Amsterdam and definitely didn’t dissapoint! I have a billy goat omelette with goats cheese, broccoli, and sundried tomatoes and Sam had a farm boy which sounded like a meat feast omelette!

Blue – another cafe on top of a central shopping centre that had amazing views and made a pretty fab Brie, pear and walnut toastie! Delicous!

Hiring a river boat – between 8 of us it was about £13 each for 4 hours! So worth it! We got to see way more sights by boat then we could have done by walking!

When it Stops Raining We Sleep Beneath the Stars

This blog has really lovely snippets of a bigger travel story, it’s perfect to read when you only have 9 days to go until your own travelling begins! I’m immensely excited- to the point I’m jittering at my desk whilst trying to drastically buy last minute travel insurance and then keep motivated to finish all my projects before I leave! Ah, can we go now?

I Could Drive Forever

In the morning, I pack my things as the sun rises, eat pop tarts and drink cold instant coffee while I shove everything into my pack. The boys are still asleep in their tents when I set out on the trail.

It’s cold, but not raining, so I hike in short sleeves because I know I’ll be sweating soon. Pop my headphones in and zone out. This is my favorite time to hike. When the day is burgeouning and my body feels strong. When my thoughts are new and everything is exquisite. When I fall in love with thru-hiking all over again.

It stays sunny all day, and the air is so thick and warm that I’m sweating even on the downhills. Which there is no shortage of. The shooting pain in my knee is back, so I take tiny ballerina steps which helps with the hurt but frustrates me…

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In Between It All

Just because we couldn’t think of enough things to fill out time we decided to also run the London marathon this year.

Hannah’s marathon: This year was my first marathon and I have slightly mixed emotions about it.  Firstly, (now that I have forgotten the pain) I loved it – the amazing atmosphere and the overwhelming amount of crowds was incredible but my running didn’t quite go to plan! 


That morning I had forgotten my running watch! Everyone had told me  not to go off too fast and to keep the first 3 miles slower then you think. So without my watch on I found this difficult and actually started out too slow! I’ve had a knee injury throughout my training so I was determine not to aggravate it in the first few miles by going too fast so maybe I was a little bit paranoid and a bit too cautious without the running watch to keep tabs on me. 

I got through the first 9 miles perfectly fine, having seen lots of my family and friends already and felt great but then I got a blister which I quickly slapped a compede on and carried on running with a little bit of discomfort. 

Miles 14 – 18 I seriously endured. I’d been quite comfortable doing long mileage in my training but I think the buzz of the crowds had worn off and I  was beginning to hurt on this occasion! I was taking in regular water and gels but just felt like I was dragging myself around. 

At mile 18 I saw Rennie Grove, who me, with a few others have been raising money for, they gave me a huge amount of jelly babies and loads of encouragement and I felt a lot better! 

From mile 20 onwards I decided I wanted this marathon over and that I’d been running for long enough, the pace I was doing wasn’t getting me close enough to the line so Sam and I decided to pick it up and go for it even if it hurt. So over the last 6 miles we overtook ALOT of people and the whole part just seemed to flash by – it was amazing and I was loving it again! The last mile  was my favourite by far! I could have ran that 26 times over easily! 

My main aim of the marathon was to go over the line looking strong and I went over the line hand in hand with Sam after trying to sprint finish so I’m pretty happy with that. 

So in summary, I would do it all again for the first and last miles! 

Next time I’ll remember my running watch… 

We have currently raised over £9,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice care! If you wish to donate the link is below: http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=CraigPeterson&un_jtt_redirect