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Isle of WightThere is now just a week until I run the Isle of Wight Half-Marathon. This will be my longest race since I completed the Edinburgh Marathon in May and to be honest I am little bit nervous.

“Nervous?” You may ask, as let’s face it I’ve already run twice the distance, but since Edinburgh I have done very few long runs. Added to this I am currently on a business trip to Latin America that has seen me spend a few too many sedentary hours waiting around in airports and sitting on planes instead of completing those last few confidence building miles of training.

The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict

When I was waiting for the first of my flights in Heathrow Terminal 5, I picked up a book called “Keep on Running – The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict”. Since I completed Edinburgh I have been secretly questioning if my first marathon might also prove to be my last. The effort and dedication required to train for 26.2 miles of running is a serious commitment and one that can be hard to fit into a busy life. Also, I was slower at Edinburgh they I had hoped and this has made me doubt if I could reach the kind of marathon time I truly dream of. Well, I am not sure if I should love or hate the author of the book, Phil Hewitt, but having read how his first marathon was slower than mine and yet by chapter 7 he had become a sub 3:30 marathoner, I am hoping more than ever that my ballot entry for next year’s London Marathon is a success!

As part of my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge I have an unwritten rule that I want to average at least one race a month this. So far this has seen me complete the Disney 5k in Orlando, the Gloucester 10k, the Silverstone Half Marathon, the Warwick Castle Half Marathon, the Plymouth Half Marathon, the Edinburgh Marathon, the Two Castles 10k and the British 10k London Run. The Isle of Wight will be my 4th official half marathon and will be followed by a fifth (the Great North Run) in September. I will be returning to the Great South Run in October, but am yet to book races for November and December. Maybe (just maybe) I could squeeze in my second marathon before the end of the year…

2013 Miles in 2013

Cystic Fibrosis A Race We Must WinThis 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 and in June I completed 210.1 miles. If you can please spare £13.07 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:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. 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.