Month 3 of my 1000 mile running challenge to make a difference to adults with cancer in Northampton General Hospital.
Total run this month is 62 miles. This is what I got up to.
12th March 2017
Silverstone Half Marathon
So I was buzzing when the Silverstone Half Marathon Pack dropped through my letter box at the beginning of March. Then the realisation hit, I was actually going to have to run this. I had never done a race without some form of obstacle, especially one this length. So I went from excitement, to being a bit apprehensive.
Everyone kept asking me what time were you aiming for? I didn’t know. My way of running is to run and see what happens on the day, which is the stance I took this time.
It was one of the rare times I actually asked mum and dad to come along. This is because no obstacles were involved and I really don’t want them to fully appreciate what it involves. Even though I am 32, I’m sure they would still find a way to put a stop to it!
I had never been to Silverstone before, even though it is literally on my door step. It was huge. There were thousands of runners there. Once I had ensured mum and dad were in the viewing stands with food and drink, I went to queue up to start. It’s a much weirder vibe at this type of run compared to the runs I usually do. No one was really chatting, people were running solo and running watches were being set up.
I put myself in the 1hr 50 minutes finish time section and just thought let see what happens. With my party playlist turned up full the race began. It was a pretty flat run, but it was awesome running on the race track and taking in the views. It was awesome having people cheer you on, kids wanting to give you a high five and motivating marshals filling me with drinks and sweets along on the way.
As I got towards the end (0.5 miles left), I actually realised I was going to complete this in 1 min 50 seconds. All, I remember is seeing my parents and sprinting the last half mile to meet them. I was surprised and so happy that I completed it, let alone with the time I got.
Now, I am thinking what can I sign up to next?
17th – 20th March 2017
Eden Project, Cornwall
The Charity got selected to attend an Eden Project Community Camp, to learn how we could develop our charity. Blog post to follow soon on this!
Having never been to Eden and to be honest not really knowing what it was about, it was an incredible place that blew me away. As we got to stay on the Eden site, in sustainable containers accommodation it meant there was plenty of time to explore once the visitors had gone. For me, that meant get out and about running.
Whilst, out running with no one else around I got to learn about what the Eden Project is all about. My runs were slow, as I was spending time reading signage and taking pictures but it didn’t matter as I just wanted to take in what an amazing place this was. It’s about nature, preventing waste, recycling waste, growing food and community. I was privileged to get to experience this and really feeling like I had the place to myself.
I am planning to return to complete the Eden Marathon in October 2017, so watch this space!
So, in between everything else I have been fitting in other ways to clock up the miles.
Friday mornings has turned into a running and catch up session with my friend Katie (Cake vs Scales). We meet up at 6am and generally cover between 5-7 miles. We watch the sunrise, catch up, and have a laugh. It is a nice kick start to my weekend and something I look forward to.
Another 62 miles down, 818 to go.
Thanks as always for the support from: 1000 miles Sportswear Limited, TLC Sports, Boudavida and Seasons Trail.
Feel free to contact me if you want to do a run, event or join me in my adventures.
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