I’m into Month 2 of my 1000 miles running challenge raising money to make a difference to those with cancer in Northampton General Hospital. This month has been pretty full on and at times brutal (thinking the Castle Ashby Trail Marathon!).
This month I became a Brand Ambassador for Seasons Trail (https://seasonstrail.com), which is a new fitness wear company. They are also supporting The Lewis Foundation by donating 10% of sales of their fitness wear products when the code: KEEP_RUNNING2017 is used.
Total mileage done this month is 70. This is what I got up to!
6th February 2017 – Obstacle Gym, Lutterworth
I was super excited to go to the Obstacle Gym. I love Obstacle Racing and this was the opportunity to get training and build up some mileage. So had the opportunity to get a free session (usually £15.00) and took along my friend and Blogger Katie (Cake vs Scales).
This was a 4 hour session from 10am – 2pm, which was free-play. Despite the cold, we were buzzing! The obstacle gym is an outdoor 1km course littered with 30 obstacles. Once we given demonstrations we were off!
As you can see we tackled everything from walls, tyres, mud hills and wading through water. Great coaching through some tricky obstacles that you would normally not have time to take your time on whilst on the course. It was lovely to see families there, in addition to groups of friends having a day out.
19th March 2017 – Castle Ashby Half Marathon
So a team of us – Mieke Jordan, Caroline Hawthorn, Elaine Bates, Gail Ingram, Susan Gilkes, Katie Groome and myself attended this event. We were running to collectively raise money for gift bags for adults with cancer in Northampton.
I knew we were doing a trail run, but this was something else. Think obstacle run conditions without the obstacles, it was brutal. I was thinking these ladies are going to kill me, as I had sold it to them on the basis of a nice gentle trail run!
I was laden with mud, the hills were relentless and it was wet. For me, it was a killer and I know the other ladies felt it too. However, it was one of the few races I felt really emotional as Katie and I was crossing the line. I think it was because constantly through it I was reminding myself why I was here, despite how difficult it was. The run was a lot longer than a half marathon – 14.8 miles, so it was a huge achievement.
I am super proud of the ladies who were part of Team Lewis and what we all achieved. As a result we raised £500 for our charity – Awesome!
25th February 2017 – UrbanTri – Balance festival
Katie sent me a message to say she had booked us up for an Urban Triathlon, as part of Balance Festival (www.balance-festival.com). It was not a case of can I make it, I was there! Balance Festival is all about wellness, health and fitness, something I wanted to go to for a long time. This was on the roof top of the Old Trumans Brewery in London.
It kicked off with a 20 minute HIIT Zanna van Dijk, Tameka Small and The hiitman. This was followed by a 5K run with Trak Mafia through London, which was an amazing experience running to the amazing sights of London. Then we hit Boomcycle for a 30 minutes spin session in a nightclub style environment with a motivational instructor encouraging us along. I loved meeting new people again noticing they were all different ages and abilities. For £10 for it all, you got plenty for your money. The sessions are held every couple of months. I will be going back, so feel free to join me!
Nuclear Races Free Training Session – 26th February 2017
My friend Leigh, sent me a message making me aware there was free training session. It was a race that I have always wanted to try and use as a fundraising event for the charity. So I went along with Leigh, Luke and Katie to check it out.