In a moment of madness I agreed to sign up for the Birmingham Half-Marathon in October and run 13 miles.
My physical state when I initially paid for my entrance fee in May was not exactly in brilliant condition. As someone who likes their food, along with the occasional cigarette and cocktail, my body has slowly increased in size to the point where I have easily gained 60+lbs in the last five years, and while I was fit enough to swim or run around for hours regularly in my youth, I could barely walk up the stairs a few months ago without feeling flustered and out of breath.
After a month (ok, two months) of procrastination, my friend and I decided that we would start our training, which began in July. That first run was awful – I hated every minute of it – and managed to walk/run just over a mile before I wanted to collapse. However, I was determined to continue, and regular encouragement from my friend meant that we were running four or five times a week, increasing our distance each time. I even started running with a bloggy friend, Andrew from Vokesy on a Sunday, and he has also helped to motivate me and give me techniques to improve my stamina.
After Barcelona my feet were so swollen and burnt I had to stop for a little while… I was grateful of the rest, but was worried that it would halt the progress I have made. However, with three weeks to go, I can now comfortably run about 6.5 miles without stopping. Granted, I have to do double that in the half-marathon, but with a little more training I’m sure I can do at least most of it. If I have to walk the rest of the way I will – my only goal is to get to the finish line.
And here is where you guys come in…
I have decided to use the run as an opportunity to raise money for two charities that mean a great deal to me. The first, Dementia UK, is a charity that is committed to improving the lives of people with dementia. My grandfather, the greatest man I ever knew, developed dementia when I was in my teens, and I watched him swiftly deteriorate from a strong, healthy and intelligent human being into a shell of his former self. Despite doing everything we could as a family, he didn’t receive the care and understanding he deserved from the professionals that were supposed to be looking after him, and when he passed away he weighed just half of what he should, and had contacted pneumonia. Thankfully, that awful place has since been closed down.
I have never asked for anything from the blogging world, but I am asking for your help with this…
I have set up a Just Giving page, and I am asking you lovely people, where possible, if you could sponsor me by making a donation. There is no fixed amount – any donation of any size will be greatly appreciated. If you can’t sponsor, please reblog and share across your social media – the more publicity my cause gets, the more money I can raise.
Here is the link to my Just Giving page:
I will also include the link in my sidebar for the next month.
Ideally, I would love to raise £750 – I figured with with over 13,000 readers I should be able to get somewhere close to that at least… Here’s hoping anyway! It’s for a good cause, and it will certainly make a difference!
I am also raising money for Bolton Breast Cancer Unit. A friend of mine, K, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer last year at the age of 31, and received her treatment there. Thankfully, she is now in full remission, and I have been inspired by her strength and positivity throughout the whole thing. However, I am doing that through cash funds as I can’t set up a just giving page for it as it isn’t a charity.
As always, thank you for your support…
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