So this morning was a kind of judgement day for me, as today was the first time in my adult life that I competed in a race I have previously run. There was no hiding on this. No blaming a different course if I was slower.
I woke up this morning not quite as enthusiastic as I would have like to have been. The travel and holidays that resulted in a reduced mileage for August have also left me feeling a bit bloated and lacking in energy. Could I beat last year’s time? My main recollection from last year was hitting a hill when I thought I was almost at the end and it appearing to go on for ever. Today I couldn’t help but think “what hill?” as looked back over my shoulder and saw a few other runners slowing behind me. I wasn’t as quick as I would have liked, but having taken more than 4 minutes off of last year’s time I’m not going to complain
2013 Miles in 2013
This year I am trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles. It is has been 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Adam was just 18 years old when when he lost his lifelong battle with CF, the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited disease. Despite spending large parts of his short life in hospital Adam never once complained, not even of a headache and was determined to make the most of everyday.
My 2013 miles in 2013 challenge is in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.
The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles, in March I completed 185.7 miles, in April I completed 192.1 miles, in May I completed 168 miles, in June I completed 145 miles, in July I completed 210.1 miles and in August I completed 130.7 miles. If you can please spare £14.38 (my mileage so far) to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.
The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.
2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules
The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:
- All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
- I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment
To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.