As some of you might know from my frequent Tweets of Endomondo results, I’ve been training since the turn of the year to run the Manchester Marathon on the 29th April. Until fairly recently I wasn’t even planning to run the actual race.
My aim was to do the 16 weeks of training and building distance in order to help show support for my wife who is doing her first marathon (it’s going to be mine too). I liked the idea of having something to aim for but I’m not generally that bothered about the actual race aspect. I like pushing my own limits to find out what I can do – often I’m more keen to get out on the bike or run when the weather is really bad.
However, I got talked into entering the race as well so on the 29th I’ll be running the marathon too. I’m looking forward to it immensely. We’ve done the training, we’re not going to smash up any records but our aim is to finish in a modest sub 5 hour time. Improving on that time will happen later, the running bug has well and truly bitten.
Not running for charity
Watching several friends run the London Marathon last weekend was amazing, we tracked them online and cheered from afar. Most people seem to enter marathons to raise money for a charity dear to them, it’s practically impossible to enter some races these days if you’re not raising £x or wearing a banana suit etc.
We’re not running for a specific charity. Partly because we never really thought about it and now it’s a little late and partly because in all honesty, there are a lot of people and friends doing amazing things to raise money that I personally don’t want to pressure people into visiting a Just Giving page when in the course of a week or month lots of people might already have asked.
If you are able to give to a charity, just do it because it’s a great thing to do.
If you ever have money to spare, I always think it’s nice if you choose your own cause and give to them. Personally my choices would be a local charity here which rescues Greyhounds (we have one) called Tia Greyhounds or an international effort called Kiva which helps people around the world with micro-loans to start businesses etc.
Join me ..
If you’re interested in tracking my progress I’ll be logged into Endomondo and if you want to follow me around the route, add me as a friend and you can do so!