With less than 50 days until the Manchester Marathon training has really stepped up a gear. This weekend we tackled our first 10 mile runs, on the first nice sunny day of the year. Unfortunately the previous months of rain meant that I got stuck (literally) in the mud, and nearly lost a trainer**!
When I first started training I admit the idea of running 13 miles felt impossible. But over the past 8 weeks of training, gradually increasing the distances, it hasn’t felt as hard as I expected; the sense of achievement (coupled with post-run endorphin rush) after running 10 miles on Saturday was incredible.
On the runs that haven’t felt great, where even getting out the door has felt like a herculean task, where every step feels like trying to march through treacle and the little voice in the back of my head keeps telling me to just go home, I’ve tried to keep in mind all those people who can’t run. The ones who want to run but can’t because they don’t have the time between work, family and caring for a loved one, the ones who can’t run because of illness or disability, and the ones who can’t run because they are too worried to leave the person they care for.
Trafford Carers Centre supports carers by providing services including counselling and alternative therapies, 1:1 in person and telephone support as well as facilitating social groups and interest groups. They also provide funds for carers to take a break from their caring role, which is vital for reducing stress and preventing carers breaking down. We’re running the Marathon to raise awareness of carers and to raise funds to provide these vital services. If you would like to sponsor us, please visit our JustGiving page. Whether it’s £2, £5 or £10, every penny helps, perhaps you could even sponsor us per mile!
** I have been telling myself that the following is true:
Unfortunately after nearly 2 miles of running through the flooded, muddy path ….