Archive for August, 2015

Marathons and Pilates

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

I have recently been working for a physiotherapist in Nedlands, writing a few odds and bobs for them. Jeremy and Elle Wisdom are potentially the nicest people on earth. Every time I see them they buy me coffee, and the fact that we met while drinking wine shows how awesome they are.

Jeremy laughed at me when I told him that I run ridiculously long distances and don’t do any sort of additional training to look after my body. I’m fairly certain he thinks I’m a little bit of an idiot, so I am giving him the opportunity to prove this to be the case (I don’t think it will be hard.) I have been challenged to undertake four weeks of physiotherapy and clinical pilates to prepare my body for the City to Surf marathon. In exchange, I am writing about the experience.

So far I have had an initial assessment, one class and one private session and I feel GREAT! Who knew that muscles worked the way they do (Jeremy did) and that if you do certain stretches and exercises then you hurt less (Jeremy did)! You can read about my pilates adventures on the Wisdom Physiotherapy website. There are some interesting (and slightly terrifying) photographs of me in lycra, so be warned.

Look out, England

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The final piece of the ‘Get Jess back to England’ puzzle has been set – today I collected a package from the post office, walked to my car, opened it and felt a surge of utter relief (that appeared in the form of hyperventilation and a flood of tears). I have been granted my student visa and I can officially enter the UK without being arrested.

I realised I have been holding my breath for the past six months, not knowing whether or not this ridiculous plan would actually work. But somehow I now have a university placement, a visa, a plane ticket and a room to sleep in. And in 21 days I will start my next adventure. Holy mongolia.