This time last week….

This time last week I was achieving one of my life goals; running in the London Marathon

This week I’m surrounded by books and journal articles busily researching Cystic Fibrosis(CF) for a case study I am doing for my Nutrition and Health Degree.

Reading nutrition at University and getting a degree are a couple of my other life goals, along with going to a yoga retreat and owning a cottage with fabulous countryside views!

As student we are encourage to spend time reflecting on what we have learned. I’ve now had time to reflect on my achievement of last week and the results have been profound. Before I did the marathon I sort of thought anything was possible, but after completing it, within my goal time, I now ‘know’ I can do anything! For some reason it’s taken me a long time to realize that, but now I do, it’s a great feeling and one that is very calming.

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Self development and learning have always been important to me and when I started this CF case study I knew very little about this lethal genetic disorder and wasn’t aware of any nutritional implications. I just knew that the symptoms included a mucous cough, chest infections and lots of physio. Having carried out some research I now understand the increased energy requirements, the problems with pancreatic enzyme insufficiency and fat / micronutrient malabsorption. I’m not going to cover these here today but if you would like more information there is a really informative website : http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/?gclid=CJOp_PeT770CFerpwgodXYoAIQ

The pressure is really on now for students across the country to get their heads down and make the final push to the end of the academic year, and I’m no exception.  I am however more confident that my effort will be rewarded and that it will all be worth it.

Who would have thought running 26.2 miles can change the way you think, I thought it was just running but it was much, much more than that.

Val

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