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Edinburgh Marathon Start 2013I’ve been obsessed by music since my early childhood and there are many songs and lyrics that make up the soundtrack to my life. There are songs that whenever I hear them take me back to certain times in my life. There are songs that instantly stir different emotions. There is a song for every occasion and very few occasions without music.

For the last few days, as I get closer to my first marathon, there is one set of lyrics that just keep circling in my head:

“I have never been more ready in my entire life
To do this right now, never
It’s all been leading up to this moment
All right now, right here
My whole life, right here”

The Beastie Boys – Alive

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday. If you had told me even last year that I would be spending the day running a marathon I would have called you mad. I would have considered the task impossible. I’ve said it before, but tomorrow, impossible loses it’s im. The last few years I have been on a massive journey to rediscover my health. Tomorrow is my biggest challenge yet.

“Wish me luck dear, I’m scared and I’m nervous”

Slick Rick – Lick The Balls

Ok, so this is another lyric that sums up my feelings about tomorrow. I have a point to prove. To myself. I’ve no idea if it will hard or easy, but I suspect by the end its going to be emotional.

2013 Miles in 2013

Edinburgh Marathon Bib 2013I am running the Edinburgh Marathon as part of my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. 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 and in April I completed 192.1 miles. If you can please spare £7.85 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:

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.