Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Keep on running, running, running

I am still traingin for the Brighton marathon just over 2 weeks to go- very scary. Today the Brighton marathon tracker app was launched so now friends and family can put in my race number and follow me as i complete the run (or if I stop moving for too long come and collect me!!)

I am getting to the stage in training where to be honest its feeling a little bit of a chore. I just want to do more short simple runs but i need to be running further and further distances, well until the long run this weekend and then in need to be tapering.

It was a lovely wet training run this morning, a quick 3 miles around the block. It rained the whole time!

It doesn't show very clearly here but my hair was actually dripping by the time I got in- it looked as if I had just got out of the shower!

There are starting to be more people out in the mornings when I am running, i guess the fact that it isn't as cold anymore, or dark mean more people are coming out. There are some poeple I see every morning- a colleague from work walking her dog, the cyclist, the gentleman that runs with his beautiful white dog, the lady rushing to the bus stop and the friendly teen delivering newspapers are just a few regulars on 'my route'. 

Sometimes I just enjoy the moment as I run, today was one of those days. other days I have to do silly things to keep my mind occupied so I don't go home before I should. I had a day like that last week when i found myself making myself a Dr. Seuss inspired poem;

I do not like running
I do not like rain
I do not like running
Why am I doing this again?
I do not like running
I feel like I will fall
I do not like running
I do not like running at all!
If I do not like running
Why do I run at all?
I do not feel like this always
just for today, I do not like running at all!

Still there is a reason why I am doing this. I have seen first hand how much cancer sufferers have to go through, sadly those I have known have lost their fights. Their fights to have just a little more time with us are so huge in comparison to my fight to get through this marathon. That's why i am doing this. I am raising money for Cancer Research. My running vest came through a few days ago, what a powerful reminder for why i get up early so that i can train before work, why some days i go out twice in one day to try and up the mileage. Why my family are working hard trying to help me find ways to raise as much money as possible.

If you would like to support my fundraising you can go to my just giving page here and donate, or you can text SAJP47 £x to 70070, just replace the x with the amount you are able to spare.

What challenges are you working towards at the moment? It doesn't matter how big or small you feel they are, they all have moments when they seem insurmountable. What tips could you give me for staying focused, and positive?


  1. Good luck for the marathon. I've done one (New York 2003) and am happy to never do one again!! I'm a strictly fair weather fun runner these days. Coincidentally, my middle son is moving to Brighton next week :-)

    1. Thank you Ali. I am just coming on to post about the marathon when i saw your message. Thank you for stopping by. Am sure your son will love Brighton- it's a beautiful place :-)