A sense of trepidation is setting in! In 2 weeks I will be tackling the first of the summer's marathons in Rome. The ferry is booked, break down cover is set up (!) and the Sat. Nav. is loaded. It's all go with the training and fund-raising... I'm increasing the distance now and putting in some good miles. Recent hot weather gave me a taste of things to come I expect! Fellow staff and students at school have been really supportive. All students have taken part in sponsored 'team marathons', running a mile each. Some even skipped, danced and sang their way around and everyone entered into the spirit of it! We have also held Marie Curie cake sales and we are doing a Marie Curie collection at Churchill Square shopping centre in Brighton on Sunday. Top of the shopping list is a tent (and gas stove!) which will become home for the duration of the trip. Some donations have already come in on the JustGiving page (click on the 'Donate' tab!) which I am amazed at and very grateful for!
A big thank you to Adam Rochford at Worthing hospital for his willingness to get on-board with the 'run home from Rome' challenge and his terrific expertise with reducing shin soreness, muscle-strengthening routines and taping techniques! Click the photo to read more about the Worthing Hospital physio team.
Things are moving along slowly but surely... I have organised some 'group-marathon' fun-runs to raise money for Marie Curie at Farlington school - students and staff have been teriffically supportive. One of the parents even donated straight away via the JustGiving page (click on 'Donate'tab) which was superb! The local paper ran a story about the summer 'run home form Rome' trip and I have approached some local businesses for some sponsorship. I'm working on the route and kit and keeping the training going. I did a spint triathlon at the weekend with Tim Gauntlett, a 5 am start and some inclement weather but an enjoyable training event. Hopeless at the swimming but enjoyed the biking and run! Some pics below... Any fundraising ideas do drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Not very long until departure day now! Been wearing-in 2 pairs of trainers. Just had half-term so tested out running 20 miles a day for 7 consecutive days... Legs good, blisters not so good... Having to eat many calories which is a bonus! Lots of logistics to work out - support / transport / training / diet / fundraising / blog / route - not quite sure where to start but will get there one step at a time!
Day 6 of 7consecutive 20-mile training runs, camping near Battle, East Sussex.