As many of you will know I am good at spreading the word and talking about my “extreme” resolutions. Some have gone as far to say that I am firmly stuck on my high horse now. However last week I suddenly realised that it was fast approaching the end of February and I still had not run further than 6 miles….PANIC!
So, in true Hall style, I have set about a crash course training programme to fast track me to 66 miles in 2 months. This weekend was my first long distance run in quite some time and much to the delight of Kip, my cocker spaniel, we set off on a “quick” 12 miler.
After about 3 miles I decided to take some pictures for this blog and, in truth, stop to have a think about what I have committed to. My new running app informed me that I had “run” 3 miles in 30 minutes and it dawned on me that if it takes 30 minutes to run 3 miles, it is going to take 11 hours to do 66 miles however a) I will not be at that pace for 66 miles, b) I was going to need to have more than two boiled eggs for breakfast and c) I couldn’t think of anything else because I was starting to PANIC again.
After that small melt down and then my headphones running out of batteries 3 minutes later, any runner will understand that mental anguish, I got my head down and started pounding the bridleways of South Oxfordshire. The one benefit of long runs is that you really do see a different perspective of where you live and I certainly appreciated the views for all of 20 minutes until I realised my route passed over the Chiltern Hills.
To cut a long story/run short, 12 miles completed in a slow 2 hours 35 minutes. That puts the Isle of Wight Ultra predicted finishing time to a minimum of 14 hours 20 minutes. Kip and I have some serious work ahead of us over the next couple of months so if you would like to help fuel these long training runs please make a donation to my cause HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org detailing your pledge to be settle in January 2018 on completion of the challenges.
For anyone new to this blog my father died of cancer on 30th May 2015. I am attempting do something significant in his memory and whilst doing it raise some money for Sobell House Hospice Charity, an Oxford based palliative care hospice who looked after him so well and Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK.
I set myself the following challenges to complete in 2017:
- The first resolution is to run (but probably jog, walk & crawl) the Isle of Wight Challenge, a 66 mile foot race around the Isle of Wight on 29/30th April 2017.
- The second resolution is to complete the Rat Race Coast to Coast Challenge in September 2017. I will be Running, Riding and Kayaking 105 miles across the Scottish Highlands.
- The third resolution is to give up drinking alcohol for 12 months.
- The fourth resolution, which now seems slightly counter productive in light of getting the message out there, is to give up social media for 12 months.