Nearly there …

So it turns out my blogging skills leave a lot to be desired … But safe to say I’m 91% of the way to my target which seems incredible.

This year has had its challenges: getting 2 sprained ankles in March putting me out of action for three months was certainly both mentally and physically tough. 

I am very proud however that not only have I nearly got to my 100 kms but that includes me completing my first ever half marathon !

The screen shots below follow my journey and I wish I’d blogged my feelings as the year progressed but I’ve learnt that I need to be more disciplined with blogging!

The biggest thing this year has taught me is that things you once thought impossible are really achievable, your mind must be open to set backs and the flexibility to overcome them and finally – the most important thing – Family and friends’ support is wonderful xx

The races so far …

So here’s what I’ve already signed up for …

31st January, the London Winter Run 10km FINISHED!

28th February, the Manchester Winter Run 5km

20th March, the Sport Relief 10k, Richmond North Yorkshire

17th April, City of Lincoln 10k

14th May Gung Ho, Leeds 5k obstacle race

4th June, Cancer Research Pretty Muddy 5k, Leeds

10th July Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k

7th August Jane Tomlinson York 10k

16th October, Manchester Half Marathon 21k (ish)

 

I’d also like to do some colour runs and some other races so all suggestions welcome!

It’s been tough …

Wow! What a month

When I wrote my first post back in December I had fully expected to be able to blog regularly, train regularly and be generally inspiring … but then life gets in the way sometimes

 

Just before Christmas I came down with a fluey / chesty / cold thing and all my good intentions of training fairly intensively went out of the window.

 

I struggled to keep up the motivation to do this challenge and then … I got an email from the cats protection which completely re-energised and reminded me of my challenge and quest.

They have been absolutely brilliant, offering to send me a branded running vest, to give me a guest spot on their blog, providing approximate costs for homing and rehoming cats amongst many other things.

 

So – just after the New Year I joined Slimming World again and, with the help of my colleagues and friends I got myself into my running gear and out into the cold.  Running round the Olympic Village in Stratford with a lingering chesty cough wasn’t easy but it was an incredible achievement.  From there on in I was unstoppable.

I ran 3 times that week, I lost 10.5 pounds in weight over 2 weeks and I also went for some long walks and swims to relax my muscles in readiness for the first competitive run of the year.

 

And then it came. 31st January 2016 my first 10k of the year.  I was nervous, it was cold, rainy and it being the tail-end of storm Gertrude and the beginning of storm Henry I was expecting a few gales.

It was really hard – but I did it – I beat my personal best time by at least 2 minutes (as it was nearly half a kilometre longer than 10k!) and got a super duper medal to show for it.

 

I now need to get myself organised and set up my year-long just-giving page for the cats protection as well as booking in for some more races!

Making the decision

So here’s where it starts…

WHY

I’ve had some time recently to reflect on areas of me and my life that could do with looking at.

I’m not a “runner” I’m not particularly fit and my BMI could certainly do with decreasing!

I’m single after separating from my husband 2 years ago, I have a terrible habit of drinking too much wine too often! I have a job I absolutely love and I think I’m not too bad at but at which I could do so much better and I am often found spending too much money on silly things!

I also want to do something worthwhile with my life – I realised that I’m probably not going to have the opportunity to have a family so I want to make a difference in another way.

So I took a look at my life and it was screamingly obvious that some things have to change and no-one else is going to change them for me!

HOW

I have already done a couple of runs after starting “running” about 18 months ago, the last of which was the Leeds Abbey Dash – a flat 10kms that I did in 1 hour 16 minutes.

I had also decided to do the London Winter Run, a 10km race through central London for CRUK which takes place at the end of January.

This is where I made possibly the craziest decision of my life to date…

I am going to run 100 competitive kilometres during the course of 2016 and I’m going to be doing it for a charity very close to my heart.

THE BLOG

This blog is going to be a diary of where I have come from and how my runs / training and achievements are going.

I aim to use this to remind me of what I am doing and why as well as being an inspiration to others who may be going through tough times.

I want to show how normal people can achieve their dreams with the aid of willpower and motivation.

I will welcome anyone else who would like to join any of the runs with me or who wants to suggest runs I can do throughout the year.

RUNS

My first 10k is the Winter Run in London on 31st January and I will update the blog once I’ve looked at the year and worked out the other 90 kms!

CHARITY

I am planning to raise as much money as I can for the Cats Protection – I will update the blog once I have been in contact with the charity to find out the best way of doing this.

THE NEXT STEPS

I now need to get a training schedule in place, sponsorship, some kind of media coverage if possible, lots of support from my wonderful family and friends and the willpower, determination and motivation to succeed.

Watch this space …