Hi - thanks for stopping by to read.
I'll start off with an apology - I feel like the last couple of (on topic) posts have had little variation of substance and it's unfair of me to expect you to keep reading if I'm not going to try to keep to a standard. I'll be making a more concerted effort going forward.
This week has been a 3-run week and I've managed 7.5 miles since last Wednesday. I was feeling somewhat under the weather last week so I did a smaller, 1.5 mile route just to keep some momentum. Fortunately my man-flu had mostly subsided by Saturday morning and so I went for my longest distance to date and did 3 miles - something I repeated this evening.
Saturday morning was OK as things go. I'd forgotten my inhaler before I left (I have mild asthma on top of everything else) and it was incredibly icy. I managed the route in 40 minutes which felt OK considering the circumstances. I wanted another crack at it without the ice slowing me down and did the same route in 37 minutes tonight - roughly on track for 12 minute miles.
The problem is that I feel like I'm my own worst enemy sometimes. I got about a mile into my run tonight before I started with stitch again. I'd been round Leeds Christmas market after work tonight and naively thought that a German sausage then wouldn't hurt before I came home to go running. What I neglected to tell myself is that it was still only a couple of hours before and that being in a different city doesn't actually make a difference. I need to be a lot stricter and more disciplined with myself because silly things like that don't help.
The good news is that I'm starting to believe that I can actually make it round 26 miles if I continue to be sensible. I'm not usually low on self belief, but I'm wary of jinxing myself a bit with this. When I'm out running, I feel like I can actually do it and that sort of belief is pushing me on.
I'm taking a lot of care when I run and I'm getting better at measuring my stride so I'm not coming down off a curb onto my bad foot and I'm not pushing off with it going back up a curb either. I'm also starting to feel like I can open up my stride a bit and push myself a bit more.
I've had a bit of a roller-coaster week diabetes wise. I had a work Christmas do on Friday and I had a decent reading before bed (6 ish if I remember correctly) but it was 20.5 when I woke up Saturday morning! In trying to correct that I ended up going low three times that day and I've felt like I've hit peaks and troughs since then rather than any real stability. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was sort of anticipating this with Christmas coming up. I just need to work extra hard to keep it in check over the next few weeks now. If I was consistently getting high readings I'd be concerned but it's just a product of the time of year I think. Hopefully I can keep it relatively under control.
I've also finalised my fund raising page on Virgin Money Giving today - you can see it here: AndyRunsTheMarathon2012 I also gave myself the first donation to kick start it. I've talked about the charities a fair bit over the last week or two so please feel free to skip back a few posts and read up about the work they do. I wanted to just briefly talk about my fundraising goal before I sign off.
My aim is to raise what I'd like to think is a relatively modest amount of money for each charity - namely £500 each. It's not a lot in the scheme of things as far as the charities themselves are concerned (for examples, it's only about 12% of the funds The Children's Hospital need just to run their diabetes camp for kids for one summer - let alone the rest of their projects) but it's a target I think I can achieve.
I worked out that if every one of my Twitter followers gave £2 (less than the price of a pint as I understand it) then I'd reach my goal with money to spare. I'm not for a single second suggesting that I'd expect or even ask that they would, but it's just an illustration of why I think it's achievable. I've put £50 in myself to start and hopefully that'll grow and grow over the coming months. I'm committing that my company will make up any shortfall to the £1000 total but I'll also put in £500 extra if I can raise more than £1000 in total. I know Christmas isn't the best time to discuss these things, especially given the current financial climate, but I wanted to just talk about my goals for fundraising and given you my honest viewpoint on what I'm trying to do.
This has been a bit of a longer post than I'd anticipated so I'll leave it there. I need to rest my foot a bit as the aches, whilst not crippling, are worse after a run and I could do with my feet up for half an hour before bed.
Thanks again for reading (if you made it this far) and don't forget you can always find me for a chat on Twitter (@BroomOwl) or drop me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Take care and I'll update you in my last blog before Christmas next week