THE MERRELL BLOG: WHAT'S NOW. WHAT'S NEXT. LET'S GET OUTSIDE.
Faith Shorney - Discovering the World From the Outside
Faith about her plans for this summer
So, summer is on its way (in Europe at least), and we’re all thinking about the holidays, the escapism and the sunshine. Although I am currently sitting on a beach in Thailand, I have also been thinking a lot about the European summer and what I am going to do during this magical time. One thing I know for certain is that a lot of it will be spent outside.
Being outside gives us the space we need from the rest of life, away from the distractions of technology and the stress of work. We get to spend time alone, or with people we love. We have the opportunity to connect with nature, breathe un-polluted air, bask in the summer sunshine and enjoy some quality time doing something really good for our minds and bodies. So, make a plan for your next holiday, or maybe set a goal to work towards then will encourage you to get outside.
A lot of people will be prepping for the coming race season; if you’re a runner, triathlete, cyclist or climber, you know what I mean. I am currently preparing my mind (not so much my body)
for a London to Paris cycle, followed by the Paris marathon, and finishing off with a cycle home to London. The trip is my first adventure of the season, it’s sort of just for fun, and to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s charity I am incredibly passionate about, and I am really looking forward getting outside and doing something fun for a good cause.
After that there are bigger adventures planned further afield, and hopefully quite a few good mountain races in the pipeline. I am looking forward to travelling more, getting outside more and exploring this beautiful planet.
My advice herein is this; whatever you do this summer, try to make sure you spend a good portion of your time outside. Get active, it’s an amazing way to make new friends, see new places, have fun and discover more about yourself and the world around you. Try something new! I recently started climbing and I love it, and am looking forward to doing a lot more of it this summer. I am planning great escapes and mini-adventures with friends, and looking for more adventures and places to explore.
Most importantly, have fun! Playing is the one thing we seem to have forgotten how to do. We don’t need to compete in races or be particularly good at anything to be active. Play is essential to our emotional and physical development, it keeps our curiosity alive and helps us grow and learn. As the French would say, “Jouez!”