We are a few weeks into my training for London Marathon and hit a bump in the road, figuratively speaking.
A few weeks ago I had my second 'jab' and within 30 minutes felt quite sick. It didn't come to anything but the next day it happened again, a general feeling of nausea. On the Sunday i set out for my usual 10 mile plod and gradually felt worse and worse. I think a combination of heat and the jab were taking their toll and at 8 miles I gave up. Still 2 miles from home I had to walk on but felt very strange.
Over the next couple of weeks I limited myself to shorter runs and thankfully I'm back to a least 10k now without too much effort, although it has been very draining.
As I write, we are at the end of a very hot week in South Wales (31degrees) so running has been a bit more tricky. I had a great 5k last night with the weekly running group and plan a 10k early in the morning with a 10 mile Sunday to test how things have settled.
To cheer myself up during this hic-cup I have signed up for a further challenge, form the lovely people at End to End. This time taking on the original 874 miles of Lands end to John O Groats. With my marathon training this will help to give me a focus and a reason to get out even if it is for a few miles walking.
The online community for End to End are amazing - such great support, tips, general chat about running and challenges. This is now my third event with them and they have all been amazing.
Route 66 - Week 24 (plus 1 day) - 2278 miles - 171 days
And just like that my trip along Route 66 is complete. From Chicago, through Springfield, St Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Winslow, Pasadena and then along Santa Monica Boulevard to finish on the pier.
A mix of running, walking and cycling in aid of Movember and part of my London Marathon training.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me along the way, the hard work of marathon training continues but for today its time to relax.
1 March 2021 - Today the journey to London began.
Well actually it all started with a trip to see if I can get my foot better. I have been suffering with it since November, all the things I know to do, ice, raising, stretching resting have all helped but they haven't stopped it coming back.
Spent some time with the team at ACE and now have things to do and a special addition in both my trainers.
As well as the addition to my current footwear, I had a recommendation for some new trainers to help my running, well who doesn't like to have an excuse for some new kit.
So after my consultation it was off to work on my plan for the marathon.
I have set up my fundraising page (LINK HERE) and this year even though I have a ballot place I will still be supporting Movember along with research into Cancer and Mental Health at Cardiff University. It means that money will be spent in Wales as well as across the world via Movember.
If you can help and support my fundraising that would be incredible, so many of you were so generous during my 870 mile trip around Wales.
I am so pleased to be able to taking part in London 2021, and only hope that between now and October 'Live' events will be allowed again. We have accomodation booked in Greenwich so looks like I;m good to go.
Ok there is the small matter of the training, but even with my injury I have kept up with at least 10 miles a day on the bike plus walking, I hope it wont take too long before running, all be it slowly returns.
Back in October 2020, whilst we were heading into another lockdown I completed the Virtual London Marathon around the streets fo Cardiff.
I have to say, as someone who is not a runner, or at least not an athlete I had an amazing time. Yes it was cold and wet, but I had a great time.
So much so that as soon as I could I entered the ballot for 2021.
Now I know how many people enter the ballot and I know how few actually get in, one of the things you get to know when you work in events. I thought there is no way I can get in on only my 3rd attempt.....oops
Today I found out I have a place!!!!
I am so excited, honoured and terrified all at the same time.
I know there is a lot of time from now until October, and given the state of the world who knows if we will be allowed to actually have a live race....but Im in !!
I had the pleasure of working at London Marathon and at the Expo for a number of years, and always thought Id like to do this....but never followed up on it.
Training since last October hasn't stopped. Wales Coastal path and now Route 66 have meant I had to keep pushing forward.
My dodgy foot has meant I am spending more time on the exercise bike than I like but it is helping keep my cardio level up.
So far after 5 weeks of Route 66 I have covered 522 miles, still plenty to go.
In February Team Cwtch are taking part in a 28 days around the world challenge and after 1 week we have made it from Cardiff to Dunkirk.
Keeping active, in these strange times, has been 100% the best thing I can do for my head. It has kept me focussed and most of all kept me moving forward.
I am so grateful to all of you who have helped and supported me along this journey, Im sorry to say there is more to come. Next stop London.
870 miles Wales Coastal Path Challenge for Movember Complete
15th June 2020 – 31st January 2021
When I started this challenge, I had no idea how long it would take, what I could do, what I couldn’t do. All I did know was I had 12 months to complete it so with a bit of effort each day that should get me over the line.
What I discovered was an ability to walk longer distance on my own and enjoy it, never underestimate the company of a podcast, if you walk a bit faster you start to run, and a marathon is not has tough as I thought it would be (despite the wind, cold and rain).
Today I have completed my first ever long distance challenge, to put it into perspective, the Wales Coastal Path at 870 miles is only 4 miles less than Lands End to John O’Groats. 225 days of walking, plodding, jeffing and running has been amazing.
I chose the Clock Tower at Roath Park as my finish, it seemed appropriate to have a memorial to an epic adventure, and the weather decided to add to the effect, as I crossed the line in the snow.
Looking back on the photos of my journey, I realised I have visited the clock tower quite a few times during this challenge, but then we have been limited to where we are allowed to go.
As you know I chose to complete this challenge in aid of the Movember Foundation, for whom I am an Ambassador. The Target of £870 was done with the help of so many you, running, quizzing and walking. If you can help with any further donations that would be amazing, the work Movember do to support Men’s Health, physical and mental across the world is incredible
My challenges now continue into February and beyond, Team Cwtch will be participating in the 28 Days around the World and I will be continuing on my Route 66 trip across the USA.
A huge thank you to all of you who have helped and supported me along the way. I have met some amazing people on my journey and continue to be inspired by them and their own challenges.
What a year this has been.
If you had told me the things I would have achieved this year and the changes there would be I’m not sure I would have believed you.
I have taken part in many virtual events and earned some pretty amazing medals.
In total (according to strava) I have run/walked 850.1 miles/ 1368.1 Km
My first 5k in May and 10K in June, Run around the clock, 120miles in July, Nos Galon, MoRun, WhoRun and of course London marathon.
All whilst plodding my way around the Wales Coastal path, 770 miles done, 100 to go, I had wanted to be finished by Christmas but injury has slowed me.
We hit the fundraising target, thank to all of you who helped and donated to support the work of Movember. As and Ambassador I will continue to support them and will set up a new challenge target for 2021.
There are so many people who have helped and supported me on my journey - you all know who you are - I am so thankful to you all for your encouragement, energy and often bizarre tips.
January 2021 brings new challenges and new journeys not least the start of Route 66 - 2278 miles in 12 months, at least the cycle miles count for this one.
For a short period I will be doing the Coastal Path and Route 66 plus looking ahead to other challenges, maybe even with other people.....
I realised I haven't done an update for a while, nor had I input my mileage.
If I'm honest there has been quite a lot of things going on and trying to deal with the ever changing world of Covid hasn't helped.
It seems that as we went into the 'Second wave' i the virus has been a lot closer than it was in wave 1, and lots of people locally have had symptoms and some sadly have not survived. This has brought everything very much into ficus and I needed a little time away from things.
Plus - and this hasnt helped - my foot has been preventing me from running. A stress fracture and now Plantar Fasciitis, has drastically reduced my ability to 'plod' around the streets. The lack of running has had an impact on the way I have been feeling.
Thankfully I have secured an exercise bike, and whilst I don't find it fun, it is keeping my cardio fitnmess levels up.
I was managing a short walk each day, but from the start of December I have needed to reduce this as well. So just doing a few miles when I can.
According to the map I am about half way around Anglesey, with 140 miles left to go. It looks unlikely I can be finished in 2020 but it wont be too long after that.
What a fantastic weekend.
I have commentated on MoRun since it first came to Cardiff around 9 years ago, We have had amazing runners and fabulous crowds right from year 1.
Always loads of MoRunMoFun - with fancy dress, great Mo's and even a visit from Mr MOtivator.
Like everything else 2020 meant this year was a virtual run. I decided as I wasn't on commentating duty I would run for the first time ever.
I posted my idea and was delighted to be joined by friends and family as part of TeamMo870.
The 870 linked to my ongoing 870 mile Wales Coastal path Challenge, which is also for Movemeber.
We were soon up to a Team of 11, all of us planning to run on either the 14th or 15th November, the usual weekend of the Cardiff MoRun.
4 Venues, 3 Countries, 11 Runners, 65 Miles
Due to various lockdowns, and timing issues the Team could not run together so we all linked up via social media to support each other.
First to run was Jane in Taiwan with Kate and Jeremy back in Wales. Then just before 10 I met with Kate, Kerrie, Trudy, Rebekah and Michelle in Cardiff, whilst Rachel joined us in Exmouth. Jon was running on Sunday and Jeremy ran a second 10K with him (Thanks JC)
What an amazing feeling to be running with people, all be it socially distanced and virtual. I n fact we had great social distancing between the UK and Taiwan.
An hour or so after starting everyone had finished their set distance, some doing more than they planned, some doing their first ever 10K and some very glad that their foot held out so they could complete the race.
The comments, photos, support and fundraising effort from TeamMo870 has been fantatsic and I am so grateful to everyone who took part and those who have supported us.
We are already looking at when we can meet to run together again.
Fundraising for Movember
From its early mustachio growing beginning Movember has been about supporting mens health, both Physical and Mental. In 2020, the challenges of mental health are even greater than before.
A big thank you for all your donations - if you can support us further
Thank you again
Nic, Kate, Jeremy, Kate, Jon, Jane, Rachel, Trudy, Rebekah, Kerrie and Michelle
Movember has arrived, and with it MoRunning.
I am delighted that TeamMo870 now has 9 members all ready to take on a MoRun from 5K, 10K or more.
My plan was a 10K but apparently I have a hairline fracture and plantar fasciitis in my foot so my original plan may have to be rethought!
However, the physio did say I was to keep moving on my foot, which is heavily strapped, and I have another appointment next week ahead of our planned weekend of running.
Plan B - will be to still do 10K but do a little bit at a time and rest in-between.
The injury has also slowed my progress on WCP challenge - but I have now arrived on Anglesey. It has been so hard to go from 40 miles a week to less than 16 but better to complete the event than be laid up with foot in plaster.
Trying to keep strong and focus on all things Mo - excited to be undertaking Ambassador roles this month as well,
They say when a door closes somewhere a window opens.
I won't lie its been a tough few weeks.
There are a number of things going on at the moment, including a second Lockdown for Wales that has been looming for a while. The 'come down' after the London Marathon, even though it was virtual, was bigger than I anticipated.
Then to top it all on a 5k run, where I got a new PB, I did something to my foot which has prevented me from being able to do more than a mile walking at a time.
Things weren't helped by seeing picture of people with their VLM medals and T shirts, whilst there was no sign of mine.
Now as an event manager I know how difficult it is to fulfil 45,000 t shirts and medals, but I was starting to wonder where mine was.
Today however....it arrived. I am so thrilled! This is just the sort of pick up I needed.
I know I have completed other races but this has felt like a major achievement. As my friend Paul said - "Only 1% of people have evr completed a marathon" - Well thats me.
I am taking things easy, allowing time for my foot to get better, but I also want to get on with my Wales Coastal path Challenge - less than 250 to go.
To keep me occupied I have be helping MoRunning prepare for this years 'virtual' races and did a video chat with them today - see their FB page.
If you can spend a little time supporting mens health then please join me at MoRun this year - ok you will be running on your own but happy to run on the same weekend (14/15 Nov)
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.