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Disney 5k Medal 2013Did you miss me? Having completed my year without beer, I have been away for a couple of weeks on a family holiday in the US, but that hasn’t stopped me making some progress on my 2013 challenge – to complete 2013 self powered miles in 2013!

Whilst on holiday, my family and I took part in the Disney 5k Family Fun Run, part of the official Disney Marathon weekend. I had planned to do either the half or even full marathon, but sadly the event was sold out before I’d been able to confirm travel arrangements, luckily the 5k still had space.

The event was really well organised and consisted of a run through the Epcot theme park. It started at 6:30 am, so there were no tourists to bump into (except slower runners), but there were still plenty of Disney characters around the route to high five or have photos with.

My highlight of the race though has to be seeing my 3 year old daughter run across the finish line. My wife and daughter were in the “stroller division”, but my daughter insisted on getting out and running the last mile in her Cinderella dress! Very proud Daddy.

You can see me running the Disney 5k in this YouTube video:


2013 miles in 2013

Having completed a year without all alcohol in 2012, my self imposed challenge this year is to complete 2013 self powered miles by the end of 2013. My rules 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.

I need to average just over 5.5 miles (9 km) per day to hit my target. I ran just over 670 miles in 6 and a half months in 2012, so this is a big step up. It is not going to be easy, but hey, it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was!

As part of this challenge I am planning a few races and have already signed up for 2 half marathons in March, a full 26.2 miles marathon in May and a return trip to the Great South Run.

I will be doing this challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and so will keep my existing Just Giving page going for another year. 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.

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.