About 99 days until race day.
Inspired by my brother Simon, I have decided to join him in running the Auckland Half Marathon, something that has never entered into my conciousness before. Many friends have described my legs as ‘sparrows legs’ so the picture at the top is not of my legs (though I do wish it was).
I have taken up running short distances around Te Atatu Park in the morning, only doing about 4 or 5 kms. When I get home from my 5 km run (feeling puffed) I think ‘I just have to do that same distance another 4 and a bit times’. I’m actually wondering if I can really do it!
It will be a challenge for me to complete 21 kms! I’m building up my running distance over the next three months and I’ll keep the blog updated with my progress.
This is a way that my run can make a difference to peoples lives and count for something very worthwhile. Let’s face it, Bowel Cancer just sounds bad and my heart goes out to anyone who has been affected by it. My run is about spreading awareness of this very treatable major NZ illness and to support those who have been affected by it.
If you would like to make a small donation toward my chosen charity. Click here.
Emotional support is also appreciated, so if you see me running around Te Atatu Peninsula, a “You can do it Mark!” is just fine too. I’ll be easy to spot … yup, me and my sparrow legs.
Training update – 9th August 2015.
I did my longest run today perhaps ever. Love running around Te Atatu Park but decided to go further afield today and really enjoyed the new vistas that Te Atatu Peninsula has to offer. I am going to start running on different courses to keep it interesting from now on. I felt pretty good starting out but was getting very tired by the end of it. Also felt good reaching the 10 km mark which means at least I know I can do half of a half marathon. Encouragement welcome :-).
Here are few stats from todays run so you can see my progress.