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Plymouth Half Marathon Medal 2013This morning I put the new running vest the lovely people at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust sent me earlier in the week and set off on my final half marathon before I run my first full marathon in Edinburgh in just 4 weeks time! So how did it go?

Well, it is safe to say I learned a few lessons this morning.

Lesson one was that Plymouth is NOT flat. In fact, this was without doubt the most hilly half marathon I have run so far. Oh, and perhaps the steepest hill of all was in the last mile!

Lesson two – pain lasts less time than pride. By the end of the race my toes were feeling bruised and one of nipples was bleeding. They probably still hurt if I really think about it, but the smile I get looking at my medal and thinking about my achievement of another personal best (1 hour, 41 minutes and 48 seconds) this morning means they no longer matter. I have heard it said that running marathons is like giving birth to a baby. You can be in so much pain you say never again, but enjoying the end result can quickly change your mind. Although as I have never given birth (and given that I am male am highly unlikely ever to do so) I guess I can’t really say for sure or know how close the comparison is.

Lesson three – there is not enough awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. I saw many runners today representing many different charities, most of them cancer charities, but I did not spot a single CF runner other than myself. 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 and in March I completed 185.7 miles. If you can please spare £5.93 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.