Fund raising challenge for Salford’s young carers and huge mile stone passed
Day 264 & on the top of a small hill in the Dark Peak, just outside Hayfield, I passed the 1,000K mark. As the mist swirled around there was no time to enjoy, cold, wet & really struggling in terms of strength & stamina all there was to do was turn for home.
264 days earlier I had completed a 34K+ run as the starter for my adventure, having set myself the target of 1,000K in 10 months to raise money for Salford’s young carers, to allow them to have breaks away from caring, fun activities and focused groups that allowed them to look at the caring they did and find ways to look after their own physical and mental wellbeing. So why now was I struggling on a run of just over 10K?
The first 5 months were a dream, by the end of October, 153 days, I had completed over 809K and realistically planning to completed the 1,000K part of the challenge on the 31st December in the Lake District. By this point I had completed 9 runs over 20k, with 2 over 40 and I felt I was flying...........but then I landed!!
32K more in early November and bang I managed to fracture my fibula on my right leg and the next 160K became seriously hard work with a mixture of hobbles, walks and finally running again.
Back end of January was my first real run back, had tried one earlier but the less said about that the better. Now I’m back to run 2 x 10Ks each weekend but the stamina & strength are a long way from where they should be, as I found out yesterday trying to follow a 16K run with a 10K the next day......not fun.
So 1,000K completed and still 40 days to go and I wonder how far I’ll be able to get, but no targets being set, I leant my lesson with that in October when I was dreaming of the New Year Eve finish.
Best Run; Melbreck
Best achievement; Hayfield to Marsden
Oddest fact; so far run up over the equivalent of 3 Everests!!
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