Saturday, 1 March 2014

Day one. avoidance/acceptance

So today I finally got around to setting up my fundraising site. This is scary in more ways than one as it means two things. (I did say more ways than one!)

1) I actually have to seriously run 26 miles. ha ha ha ha ha yes seriously!

2) This is probably the tough bit. As I am doing this in memory of my dad I have come to realise that this is part of my grieving process. 10 years on and i am probably now only realising how his illness and death has affected my family.

So you see this marathon business isn't just a way of making some money for a worthy cause or me trying to loose a few toenails, (I never did like them anyway, all painted and pretty in open toed shoes in the summer). For me this is a way of addressing unresolved issues and pushing myself to do something that 10 years ago I'd never have thought possible.

So for the last few months I have avoided the fact that I signed up for this marathon and thought I had loads of time to get round to promoting my worthy cause and get into proper training. However after a friendly chat with my lovely neighbour Katherine and the Vicar! (yes the vicar, even god won't spare me)  I need to get a move on.

On average I run between 13 and 20 miles a week with most runs being between 4 and 8 miles. Only a little bit further to go then!! This morning I set out to do 5 feeling a bit resentful but managed to persuade myself to do 6.5 and ended up doing 7.3 miles so not a bad start.

If you choose to follow my story there may be some opportunities to have a good laugh at me as I'll be trying to take my camera out on runs too, to capture the joys of running!

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