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1000 miles challenge - September 2017

October 10, 2017

So September whizzed by in a massive blur, as so much was going on with the Charity.

 

Had 4 events planned, missed 2. Once because I was late (my Spartan race is deferred until 2018) and one because I was ill (Bear Grylls). However, I was still able to complete 80 miles in September, one of my highest. Here is what I got up to!

 

 

Northampton Half Marathon

 

Team Lewis was made up for myself, Lisa, Sandra, Nicholas and Rosie.

 

It was nice to be able to run in my home town as so many of my events involved travelling further afield. Initially, freaked out when they said no headphones but actually it was nice to hear the support of the crowd. What I loved about the run being local is people shouting words of support and encouragement for The Lewis Foundation. Not only something I experienced but also the rest of Team Lewis. Hearing people shout thank you for supporting a family member or friend and you’re doing amazing things really spurred me on and my fellow team members. Our team stormed it. Money is still coming in and at the last count was around £1700, which will provide so many gift bags. Also, some great achievements from Team Lewis with their times. Was so proud, knowing that as a team we were making a huge difference.

 

And yes, I was using Batman as my pacer! (See picture below).

 

 

Tough Mudder – Team Eat Trek

 

Tough Mudder was where it all began, when 3 years ago I decided I had to do something mental to raise money for the TV’s in Talbot Butler Ward in Northampton General Hospital. So, Tough Mudder was what inspired me to continue to complete my runs and walks to make a difference to others. I got chosen to be part of Team Eat Trek, who were the sponsors of the event and I was running in a team with 59 other people.

 

I love Tough Mudder because it is about team work and not time, so people of all abilities can take part. I am addicted to the Eat Trek Bars, so was proud to be representing the brand. This is a course where you see people who are blind, people in wheelchairs and people recovering from illnesses storming the course. I was proud to be a part of that. It took me 4hr 30 minutes.

 

 

 

However, I spent a lot of time helping people over obstacles, people who were cramping up and chatting to fellow racers. It was a great experience, I did earn another Tough Mudder headband and made some new friends. I also came away with loads of Trek goodies.

I’m looking forward to going back again in 2018, as Tough Mudder are supporting our charity with some free race places. So, watch this space for some more information about this.

 

General Running

I’m good at getting lost on my runs even though I have lived in Northampton my whole life. However, I have discovered some beautiful running routes on my doorstep. Within 5 minutes of running from my house, I have discovered beautiful canals and countryside. So, I have been getting the mileage in running along that.

 

The Challenge

The 1000 miles challenge has been tough, I have been freaking about whether I can complete it as I only have 3 months left. It is tough when you see people completing over 100 + a month and thinking I wish I could do but I physically can’t give anymore. Today, when I checked I had 360 miles left to do. It feels achievable and had so many positive messages saying I can do this. So I am going to give it my best shot and do just that.

 

If you wish to donate and help me reach my £1000 fundraising target visit: https://www.justgiving.com/4w350m3/donation/direct/charity/792191#MessageAndAmount

 

Huge thanks to the support of TLC Sports, Boudavida, 1000 miles Sportswear Limited.