This is the best challenge I have ever set out to do. I have never been much of a runner or writer but in recent times I have watched others in admiration and read blogs wishing I could just start and be disciplined enough to stay consistant.
I have always been an all or nothing type so when I set myself a goal I tend to chuck myself in the deep end.
The challenge I've taken on is to run 64 miles from Bitton to Weymouth and in the process raise some money for Cancer Research and Dorothy House. This run is dedicated in loving memory of my biggest hero, my Pamp (that may be Grandad or Gramps to you). My Pamp, David Johnson, died of cancer at 62. My Pamp was a strong fun loving family man who did all he could to help others who were in need. Bitton and Weymouth were 2 of our favourite places to go. We spent a lot of time bike riding along Bitton cycle path on sunny Sunday mornings and in the summer go swimming in the sea at Weymouth! Why run it? because it's the most primal activity we humans are capable of and I need to work at it!
So this is my second attempt. The first time I failed because I was unprepared and I underestimated what the challenge was capable of doing to my body. After 26 miles I could not go on. I was a crumbling mess with a badly damaged foot and on the edge of hypothermia. This time it's different, I have changed my lifestyle and as a by product, surprise suprise, I feel in the mood to do what I never did before. I'm eating, sleeping, resting, recovering and working at probably the best level I have ever experienced.
Today was a great start. I woke up tired but content and ready to get going. Up at 5.10am I felt a little sore so I got on my magical foam roaller and released key trigger points. Don't need any injuries!!! I planned to focus on this challenge for 3.5 hours this morning. If you are wondrring why this specific amount, it's just part of my trial and error plan. Obviously with some educated calculations!
I have left myself just 4 weeks to get ready for the biggest run of my life. I had to make extremely tough choices that affected others, I had to make those choices for me. It's no good killing yourself off for others that don't appreciate you and make your life difficult. I have made a career so far out of helping others and alot of the time it's been at the cost of putting others before me. Why is this relevant to day one of this blog? With out my brave difficult decision making my 2nd attempt would have had a higher chance of failure. Change is the key for more success. Even if I get further than 26 miles this time, it's a step closer and back to the drawing board.
I CAN DO THIS!...WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
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