“Plenty of people who are 38 have run really well in the marathon.” Paula Radcliffe
I hope Paula is right as when I run my first marathon on 26 May 2013 it will also be my 38th birthday. If anyone had told me on my 37th birthday that I would be running a marathon in a year I would have laughed in their face, but I guess the last 12 months go to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon back in 1966 said “I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when I trotted right along for 26 miles.” I guess I too could will be breaking down prejudices. Just a few years ago I was more than 5 stone (70 pounds) heavier, severely obese, ageing too quickly and generally unwell. I guess to steal the name of an awesome documentary I was Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
With just 2 weeks to go I completed a half marathon training run yesterday (with some big hills thrown in) and then today I cycled the full 26.2 miles to get my head around the distance. This morning’s cycle was quite eventful. For the first time in my life I set off a speed warning sign on a push bike ;-). I then had a small incident when swerving to avoid an even smaller dog and smacked my elbow into a wall. It is still throbbing a bit, so I am just grateful it wasn’t my knee I hit!
My race number arrived yesterday too. The countdown to the biggest sporting event of my entire life is on.
Paula Radcliffe has also been quoted as saying “In the marathon anything can happen.” All I ask is that if I collapse, can someone please pause my Garmin watch.
2013 Miles in 2013
I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge 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 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: 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.