#21IN21 | Rising to the challenge
It’s 36 hours since I ran the longest distance I’ve ever run (that would be 20 miles!) and there are things aching which I didn’t even know could ache.
I’m mid training for a marathon which takes place in 4 weeks and the battle to keep confident that I can do this is very real. I consider myself a bit of a whinger when it comes to this sort of thing and can easily let the negativity creep in.
For anyone who has done any sort of endurance training, there are so many things that go through your mind:
“I feel amazing I can do this”, “Ooh is that a pain in my knee”, “I really should stop for a breather”, “I could go on at this pace forever”, “My body can’t take this anymore” and that’s all in the space of a couple of miles. I don’t think there is any clearer demonstration of how your mind can control your body and what it takes to push through this barrier and come out the other side.
So why am I doing this and hobbling around post a 20-mile run?
Have you ever come across someone who has truly inspired you with their humbleness, selflessness and sheer determination to succeed? If you have, their drive is contagious, heartfelt and you want to join them on that journey.
Meet one of my work colleagues, Steve Radjen. For those that may have missed it, Steve is taking on a challenge to run 21 marathons in 21 consecutive days, yes 21 consecutive days! I know how I feel after just 1 run, (a small mention of thanks here to my husband who puts up with me crashing out on the sofa for the rest of the day after my runs), let alone trying to do that every day for 3 weeks.
Steve’s commitment to this cause and challenge is unwavering: He hasn’t drunk any alcohol for 8 months, He’s actually started eating during the day and he sets his alarm clock for 2.30am to get up and run training marathons before work! This puts my whinging about the 1 marathon I am joining him on into some perspective and inspires me to keep on going and succeed.
Steve is pushing his body to the limit with this challenge to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace, childrens and young adults hospice. A wonderful charity that tries to make life a little bit easier for families, giving support, respite and care for children with life limiting conditions. I know first-hand what an amazing job all the staff do, how supportive they are and what it means to them to provide this service.
Steve has set himself a huge £100k target to hit, so:
- If Steve’s challenge inspires you or
- If you can empathise with the commitment involved in this or
- If you want to support an amazing charity, then
As for me, I’m looking forward to clocking up my first marathon even if Steve does have to drag me along near the end! Any support or donations of jelly babies will be greatly received.