- To raise money for charity. This year I’m running for Crisis - a homeless charity based in London. Running events are a great way to raise awareness of a charity cause as you ask friends and family to sponsor you. Sponsor me here!
- Goal setting. I’m so much more motivated when I’m following a training plan with a date of an event. It’s easy to think ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’, but as 14th October draws closer I’m committed to my training plan.
- Speed. I always run faster at events with other people. It’s the atmosphere, the adrenaline and my competitive streak!
- Goodie bag. I love a medal. And you often get a new tshirt, headband, protein balls, etc
- For health. On a more general and serious note, I’m running this event in memory of my Dad who died in July. He inspired me and my siblings to run and was fit and active until being diagnosed with cancer. If he hadn’t been so fit then I wouldn’t have seen him before he died. I want to be fit and healthy so I can be there for those around me and experience all the that life has to offer. If you’d like help with starting your fitness journey then get in touch. Click here to sponsor me for this year’s event.
I’ve completed quite a few running events over the last four years. My first was the Royal Parks Half in 2014 which is where I’ll be returning to this year. After a break from events I’ve been thinking about my motivation for entering events, especially when one of the great things about running is that you can do it anywhere. So here’s what I came up with.
I’m writing this from the comfort of a practically empty National Express Coach with big seats, power sockets and plenty of space. But not all bus journeys are as luxurious as this. Here are my top tips for surviving and enjoying a long bus ride.
1. Pack layers
Thai buses are notorious for having freezing air con. Pack a hoodie and a scarf somewhere you can get at it during the journey.
2. Bring your own snacks
Don’t rely on overpriced bus station shops and cafes who want to sell you soggy sandwiches and sugary drinks. I’ve brought an apple, carrot and nakd bar for my journey, as well as a coffee in my keep cup.
3. Bring entertainment
And bring a variety. I’ve got two books, some Spanish learning podcasts and of course the entire internet! But I always assume there’ll be no WiFi just in case.
4. Pack it where you can get it
I’ve just realised my phone charger is in my other bag. I always travel light so my charger is in the overhead storage rather than under the bus but this is a reminder to pack anything you might need in just one bag that you’ll keep with you.
5. Enjoy the view
My journey today is one I make frequently. If I were in a new country I’d spend a lot of the journey looking out of the window and getting to know a new place. It may not always be beautiful scenery but you’ll get a feel for your fresh surroundings.
Simple enough right?! Now enjoy your journey in comfort and leisure! Let me know what your top tips are, comment below. (Look how comfy and empty my bus is!)
Hannah the traveller
is a travel and lifestyle blog with focus on running, vegan eating and of course global travel.