After getting home late last night (almost this morning) and a busy day at work today I’ve struck up a hat-trick of Juneathon fails. I think it’s my first hat-trick of any of the ‘athons I’ve been part of.
Inspired by the “one red paperclip” story, the charity has begun an initiative that doesn’t ask for money, instead offering something up for you. Not in return for money – but in return for another item. They will then ask people to offer a swap for the new item. And then repeat for 12 months before auctioning the final item – whatever that may be – to raise cash to fund their projects.
It’s not an auction. They aren’t looking for the highest bidder. All they want is something “bigger and better”. So fancy a portion of porridge? Or perhaps you’re intrigued by the concept and want to get involved? Maybe you think it’s interesting enough to share through your networks?
Thirteen weeks ago I started training for my first marathon. I’ve pushed myself more than ever, setting both personal firsts and bests. This weekend sees my training peak and embark on my first proper taper.
Any runner worth their salt knows that porridge can be a great fuel for running but at African Children’s Fund, the charity I’m running the London Marathon for, porridge is a fuel for learning. Read on to find out how I’m using porridge as inspiration for my marathon training, as well as the theme for one of my fundraising events.
Training for a marathon is a big undertaking. It’s not just physically tough but mentally exhausting too. As well as the training, there’s usually a back story that could rival any reality TV contestant’s that adds to the motivation to take on this iconic distance. Now you can capture your marathon journey as you go the #extramile.
After successful runs this week to test my foot out, today’s long run would be the final tick in the recovery box. I still wanted a safety blanket, so instead of heading out into the villages, or an out and back I opted to loop myself in and around Witney.
I also thought attempting to stretch a 10+ mile run around town my distract me from the problems I had yesterday of constantly thinking about my foot.
Thankfully I was right. Slowly mapping out the next section of the run every few minutes kept my mind busy, as well as trying to keep my heart rate nice and low – something that is a key part of my training following my lab test last year.
It was surprisingly easy to clock up the miles – looping in and around housing estates and choosing directions at junctions carefully, so a not to put myself back too close to home. Mixing up some longer straight bits along with weaving around the houses kept it interesting enough but I’m looking forward to getting back on into the countryside over the next few weeks.
Every time I head out for a run there seems to be more people out running. I always wonder what session they’re doing and what they’re training for. And today, it was a pleasant distraction to bump into a fellow London Marathoner and fundraiser. Nick works for local charity SpecialEffect and despite saying “never again” after completing the London Marathon in 2013 has found himself back in training for the 2015 event.
Good luck with the training Nick!
I’m running the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon for African Children’s Fund, an Oxfordshire charity doing great things in East Africa to help children be children and to gain the education they deserve. At 7 pence for a portion of porridge even small donations can make a real difference so please donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runningdanw
Not sure where today has disappeared to? As I’m still building back up after my foot problem, today was already going to be a rest day. So today’s Janathon activity was a lap of Waitrose doing the big shop!
I’m very much looking forward to clocking up a few more miles this weekend to get my marathon training back on track, especially as I’m running for a small charity doing big things with surprisingly tiny amounts.
The African Children’s Fund is a small Oxfordshire-based charity working on education projects in East Africa. With just 7p providing a portion of porridge – to encourage a parent to send their child to school (instead of begging or working) and to help the child learn effectively – every penny counts!