I re-caught the taking photos whilst out on the run bug again recently (especially on longer runs). I post most of them to instagr.am and twitter/facebook but I think I’ll post the odd favourite here to pad out my current lack of posts…oops!
Two weeks today I’ll be running my first race…I’m getting excited but I’m more than aware I’ve been a little lapse with my training the last two weeks, but trying not to beat myself up too much considering how far I’ve come in the last eight months. This morning I got out and did a 7 mile run around the top of the ancient iron age hill fort called Maiden Castle which is luckily right on my door step. It’s quite the up and down course of rough terrain but a brilliant view from the top and plenty of sheep for company (oo-err). I carried a backpack and camera as I wanted to get a proper running picture of me actually running somewhere in this project…job done! I took the route slow and steady as I don’t want to be turning an ankle at this stage but it was a great workout and I now feel pumped and ready to face the rest of my busy day.
// route, stats and playlist here
// help me raise money for @unicef_uk and support my bath half marathon efforts here
So the keen eyed will notice I didn’t take or upload a picture yesterday…ooops! …anyway… moving on….. *cough*
Today my fundraising pack and running tee arrived from UNICEF UK (much quicker than I expected). I wasted no time in going for a quick training run to see how it felt. I’ll now wash it carefully with tender loving care and put it to one side until race day. The girls joined me on their bikes and it was a pretty energetic finish to a fairly quiet day.
For those who don’t have a scoobies clue about what I’m on about then please read the blurb below taken from my fundraising page. Then go and DONATE! Me and Unicef need your support.
“Background – I started running in Feb 2011. I had never run before. I was overweight, frumpy, bumpy and grumpy. I started off small and struggled to run around the block but my stubborn attitude eventually won out over my physical limitations and over a 6-8 month period I transformed myself from a 17 stone lump to a 12 and a half stone running man and in the process found something I really enjoy doing that in the process was making me physically and mentally fitter. I entered myself into a 10 mile race in October 2011 (now a few weeks away) so I could continue to challenge myself and not grow lazy again. I’ve covered that distance in training and am pretty hopeful I can finish the course in a few weeks time and even with a relatively respectable time (considering I’m still a racing virgin). I didn’t want that to be the end of this story…
The Plan – I want to keep running and I want to keep pushing to reach new goals. The next obvious running target is a half marathon and the bath half is well placed in March of 2012 to give me an excuse to keep training through the dark and cold winter months. I’ve already benefited from my running as have my family and some of my friends (by me being less grumpy and happier). This time round I want to spread some love to a deserving charity. If you take the time to look around the UNICEF website you’ll hopefully understand why I have chosen to join team UNICEF and raise money for them so that they can continue to do this important work and make a difference to the lives of Children who need help.
The Money – Places with team UNICEF are limited and to be allowed to run with them I have to raise £350 (on top of my £30 registration) on their behalf and I have pledged that I will hit this target. I don’t want to just scrape my way onto the team though, I want to make it really worthwhile and am hoping to raise £500 (or more – ‘cos that how I roll).
So if you’ve read this and think it’s a good idea (or even if you don’t) and you want to support me (and UNICEF) then please donate.
I’m well aware you make regular contributions to charity and I think you’re all fab. I don’t want to be just someone else asking you for your limited cash when times are hard and I completely understand if you cannot but I’d still urge you to take a look around the UNICEF website. Every amount however small will help me reach this target. Donations don’t have to be large (although very welcome)…maybe the cost of a cup of coffee?
For those close family and friends who would be buying me a christmas present this year….DON’T….just come here and donate again. This is important to me. (ps Robyn and Chloe still LOVE presents!!)
Thank You all in advance for your support.
We’ve had one of those days filled with various types of angst. Nothing unusual. Money worries, challenges at work, pre-university anxiety, new school stress and all that kind of jazz all piling on top of me and the girls not making us very happy. We managed to finish the day positiviely though by getting homework and meals prepared early and having time before bed to kick back and chill out.
For the girls chilling out meant watching Biffy Clyro videos on youtube and getting in some reading time. For me it was going for a run. Just after this photo it hammered with rain for the whole 43 minute duration of my 5 miles run and you know what? I loved every bloody minute of it! Nothing feels better than turning up your stereo and running hard in the rain. Not the best of photos but it had started spitting and I wanted to get the camera into the dry and start hitting the pavements (not sure WTF is going on with my sticky our nipples…eeek!).
You can find my route stats and playlist here