If you read my last blog post, you’ll have seen that when I jumped on the scales after Christmas I was at my heaviest weight since gracing this earth with my presence. I’m also really unfit. For a guy who used to run marathons at a half-decent pace, I’m now plodding along on 5 mile runs. I have, since the New Year, been training and training pretty hard. Losing 10lbs in two weeks and starting to feel better running over short distances, has been a good start. I, however, need a long-term goal. I’ve, always been the same. I’m also, impulsive and slightly crackers. Consequently, I’ve signed up for the Race to the Stones. It’ll be my first ultra marathon. It may also be my last!
At 100km/62.1miles long, this, particularly in my current shape, is one bad-ass challenge. When I registered for the event and it asked for my estimated time, I could have chosen anything up to 24 hours – thats the scale of the task I’m taking on. So, come the morning of July 14th this year, I’ll be nervous as hell, waiting to embark on easily my biggest physical challenge to date. Out of interest, if anybody is daft enough to want to signup and join me, let me know. (Cue tumble weed).
As well as training partners and the like, I’ll also need the support of as many people as possible in completing my first ultra marathon because another reason for taking on this truly monumental challenge is to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity. You see, although I have done an incredible job of keeping it well hidden from most people, I am one of the 1 in 4 people who have experienced mental health issues. This is something that my nearest and dearest witnessed me struggle with for a prolonged period. Thankfully, I now consider myself back to peak mental and emotional health. Some people aren’t so lucky. Consequently, having battled my own demons, I want to give a little something back to the volunteers and professionals out there who help people in their darkest hours.
Whatever you can give, even if it’s just a quid, will be very warmly received. In taking on my first ultra marathon, I’m taking on something that, at this moment in time, scares the living daylights out of me. With (hopefully) a big sum of money behind me, you’ll make it very difficult for me to fail. More importantly, you’ll have offered a glimmer of hope to someone in need of help, support and massive hug. So, what are you waiting for? Hit the button below and head over to my JustGiving page. Many, many thanks in advance.