So late last year I received a Facebook message from my football manager Steve Chalk with content that I never thought I would read let alone agree to do. Running 100 miles in 3 days is an insane idea by anyone’s standards but then I read on to find out its literally a cross country run on some wild terrain.
Never the less I was happy to accept the challenge and extremely honoured to have been asked.
At first I had no idea how I was going to prepare for some a monstrous task and to be completely honest I still have no idea, and as good as the world of the Internet is there is no tips for this sort of challenge, so I thought the only thing I could do was to run, run and then run some more then once I’d ran a good distance I’d just keep running. The training isn’t actually as bad as I thought it was going to be, I do enjoy running personally as long as I have music in my ears and the weather is kind I’m happy to take to the roads, fields and hills running my days away. I have also come to appreciate the running as I have now seen parts of Salisbury that I didn’t know existed even though I’ve spent the last 15 years living here.
My body is now slowly becoming used to the fact that I rise bright and early, throw on my running shoes, stick my earphones in and head off and I can feel the difference its making. I started off running 3-5 miles 4 times a week and have slowly raised the distance each week so im now running 12-14miles 3 times a week with a recovery run once a week and a couple of much needed days of rest.
Knowing that in 63 days we will be setting off from Winchester and heading to Eastbourne sea front on foot over 3 days is of course very daunting but also very exciting, we obviously aren’t doing this just for fun or to pass 3 days in June. We are of course putting ourselves through it for the good of others and to raise money for Factor 50 who are the top charity raising funds for research into Melanoma and I personally am hugely happy to be helping such a cause.
Right I think that’s enough for today its time for work and to fuel my body for tonights run, 14 miles around the outskirts of Salisbury.
Also I need a sign off, something to end my blogs with like a news reporter ending a broadcast. All ideas welcome.
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