On NYE 2013 I made a (rather foolish and drunken) resolution to run 5km every day in 2014.
In the (not so) early hours of New Years day I was just dropping off to sleep as the kids decided it was time to start 2014; it was a day of extreme fragility and, surprise-surprise, no running.
I soon revised my plan to run an AVERAGE of 5km a day: 1825km. And then it seemed silly not to make it up to 2014 (a flippant rounding decision I'm MASSIVELY regretting now).
This didn't begin as a sponsored challenge but became one when people kept offering to sponsor me. I have decided to split the money raised between two charities; The Nepal Trust and The Heeley Development Trust (though it only shows up on this page as NT).
The Nepal Trust is an organisation that means a lot to me and my family and does amazing work in the Hidden Himalayan region in the north of the country.
The Heeley Development Trust (also my landlords) are a charity based in Heeley, Sheffield who have blown me away. I didn't really know of their existence until I started working at Sum Studios in 2013 but have found their dedication and passion to be infectious.
I'm planning to support the Heeley Development Trust in establishing a free acupuncture clinic for patients with mental health issues - a cause very close to my heart. I have spent many a run thinking of 4 beautiful souls whose pain and struggles I can't begin to imagine.
Ciaran (1975 to 2003)
Sasha (1980 to 2009)
Joan (1954 to 2012)
Louise (1981 to 2013)
There have been extreme highs and extreme lows (geographically and emotionally). I have run with people who have inspired me, shocked me, counselled me, made me laugh hysterically, wiped my tears and physically knocked me over. I feel honoured to have been graced with the presence of such awesome running buddies - a HUGE thanks to you all.
The things I have learnt along the way are.......
- You never, ever regret going for a run.
- There are very few flat runs from Hathersage.
- Weather conditions & post-run smugness levels are inversely
- I am proud to be a fat boy.
- It's indecision (not pride) that comes before a fall.
- Ignoring niggles is the best form of treatment.**
- Good friends really don't mind if you're not in good spirits all the time.
- Muddy feet are good for the soul.
- Running 2014km and having three kiddy-twinkles requires an amazing
boyfriend (Thanks Ru xx).
- I'm very stubborn and can't give things up.
- My navigation is still embarrassingly bad.
Coming into December I needed to run 10km a day - which has now crept up to 11km : (
The two runs I'm most proud of are finishing 1st (female) on 21st June and finishing last on 5th November.
I'm digging deep but my legs are getting heavier by the day and motivation is seriously lacking so please sponsor me to make my final k's feel worthwhile : )
** That's not my professional position; my professional opinion is to have acupuncture (at thetreatmentspace.com)
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