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Running 500 Miles - Training for Grim Original“When I wake up, yeah I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man…”

So my latest challenge on my year without beer? I’m gonna run 500 miles! Well, if the Proclaimers can walk it (or at least sing about walking it) why can’t I run it? OK, as regular readers of this blog will be aware I only started running just over 4 weeks ago but that’s not going to stop me!

My first run was short, quite slow and at the end of it I was breathing like Darth Vader. I’ve never really been a runner and to be honest have always found running boring, but when I was a kid I watched my Dad finish a marathon and I guess I’ve wanted to follow in these footsteps ever since. So hate running or not, I’ve decided to make running 500 miles my latest challenge on my alcohol free year. I’ve done 64 miles so for, so just 436 to go!

Thanks to last night’s Panorama, I know that I don’t need fancy sports drinks to help me, but to be honest I think I already knew that and hence I plan to do my running on juice.

Please Sponsor My Year Without Beer

If giving up all alcohol for a year isn’t enough of a challenge to make you dig deep and show your support, maybe my plan to run 500 miles will be! As part of my running challenge I am signed up to run a quarter marathon, 10 mile road race (Great South Run) and 8 mile off road challenge (The Grim Original).

If you want to show some love them please donate to my year without beer and give your support to one of these fantastic causes:

  • To donate to Cancer Research UK please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB66 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB66 £5″ will donate £5.
  • To donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust please click here to visit my just giving page or donate by text – send AYWB55 and the amount to 70070. For example, texting “AYWB55 £5″ will donate £5.

Running 500 Miles - 20 July 2012