Arctic Roll To Arctic Trek

The game changer and the best part of my year was when I got a new job with Dreams Come True. I couldn’t believe it, I now have the privilege of doing this amazing job.

I started off 2015 in New York, which was amazing but not the best way to start off the New Year’s resolution - “New year, new me phase.” Obviously I totally overindulged whilst there, everything is supersized and so was my waist-line at the end! The problem was after my wonderful trip my year carried on with me overindulging, my social calendar was getting full to the brim with weddings, hen dos & celebrations which of course is great, but the truth is I haven’t just been over indulging in life since the start of 2015, I’ve always been like this. On the go, living life to the full and burning the candle at both ends. I mean I’ve had the best time mentally, but physically I am sure my liver, joints and body have disowned me.

The game changer and the best part of my year was when I got a new job with Dreams Come True. I couldn’t believe it, I now have the privilege of doing this amazing job. I get to be creative, share ideas and get stuck in whilst raising money for a fantastic cause. The role involves me going to a lot of events which then brings me into contact with people pushing themselves/their bodies to the limit achieving amazing things. I’d never been surrounded by these type of people before so it has been a bit of an eye-opener. I have no real regrets in my lifestyle choices really as I am not a regretful person, I don’t see the point, but being surrounded by such people as above has made me eager to do something myself because they are an inspiration.

To top it off a lot of the Dream Team in the office have either done runs, rides or treks so I really need to do something. As part of my personality I have laughed off the fact that I am not really into sport, which unfortunately is a bit true but maybe it’s about time that changed. I am a very confident person when it comes to most aspects of my life, however I dread the thought of going for a run, which sounds pathetic but it is what it is. Luckily with turning 30 you do become more content and tend to not worry so much what people think, so now I just need an event, a game changer, something that would give me a memory to take for the rest of my days whilst also giving something back to this amazing charity, I just needed to find it.

The problem was nothing caught my eye - whilst I see people run and admire them the thought of doing a marathon just isn’t something I would want to do, it just isn’t for me. Then one afternoon at work I heard about “The Arctic Trek.” As I am the hottest person in my office and always above average temperature, this seemed like the perfect big challenge that I had been looking for, and something totally different. Originally I’ll admit that the idea of staying in The Arctic Snow Hotel, taking a husky ride and seeing the Northern lights was what drew me in, but then I had to think about the challenge itself which involves trekking 100k in 3 days in minus 20, and did I mention we’ll be camping! Challenge set!

So after thinking it over I tested the idea out on a couple of friends and family, I could tell they were looking at me like I was on another planet. Bear in mind I don’t go to the gym at the moment and the most activity I take part in involves me dancing the night away in heels not snow boots! It soon occurred to me that people didn’t really believe I was going to actually do this, one of my dear friends said “But Kate you don’t even like trekking to the shop”. This made me laugh but that was it, I knew this was the challenge. As much as he was joking, it was the encouragement that I needed, I’m going to do this and prove to everyone but most importantly myself I can do this… So I confirm I want a place...

So Christmas is over, I’ve finished the Quality Street, eaten too much and seen enough Santa for the year. In a weeks’ time I’m meeting the Arctic Trek organiser for the very first time. This will be the day I start to get excited and really think about starting some kind of fitness and healthy eating plan. The thinking part is the easiest part, but it’s a start.

What an inspiration that first information session was, I left buzzing and excited. Lee the organiser from Breaking Strain was so inspiring and fun, he’s made me feel I can do this and that the team of experts will get me through. He did say though that to get through I need to train because this is one of the toughest challenges out there. He said he burnt 22000 calories after 3 days, and that there's around 12 hours of trekking per day in unpredictable conditions. The loo facility is a hole in the floor and I’ll be getting to know my snow suit for 3 days straight without a shower! I'm sure it will be walking itself to the washing machine on my return.

So let the journey begin, 1 year and 11 months to go! Sounds a lot, but I have my mind and body to change. Note to self, I better join a gym!



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Author: Katie

Date: 23/03/2016

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