Cast your minds back to January 2018, and you’ll remember that me and mum did our Sunrise to Sunset Walk, raising money for Hampshire Search & Rescue Dogs and Pensions4Paws.
We’ve been pondering what to do for our 2019 challenge, and after much ‘umm-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ from mum, she’s settled on what it will be.
It will again raise money for Hampshire Search & Rescue Dogs and Pensions4Paws because, well…dogs. They’re two very deserving charities close to mum’s heart, and she wants to support them again.
Now that we’re back running – we’ve already notched up more runs this year than we managed for the whole of 2018 (and we’ve only done six!) – mum was keen for it to be a running challenge.
She also wanted it to be sufficiently different from our S2S Walk, so as to pique people’s interest (and therefore get them to open their wallets).
She thought about us running a marathon. But she’s run a couple before and questions the wisdom of running a dog for 26.2 miles. She’s also not thrilled at the prospect of 20 mile training runs…
She then thought about us running ’10k a day’ for the whole of September. But sanity prevailed when she realised she’d never have considered running for 30 consecutive days, even when she ran more regularly than she does now. I’d have been rested every five days, FYI.
So…what has she decided for this September? Drumroll please…
We’re going to run a half marathon – 13.1 miles – all five weekends in September.
‘Run, two, three, four, five’ see? Clever.
That’ll give us a total of 65.5 miles. She then decided that really, we ought to push ourselves a little further to encourage folk to sponsor us.
So she is pledging that the pair of us will complete five half marathons but we’ll increase our total distance for the month to 100 miles.
Now, a caveat here. Mum will certainly run 100 miles. She will obviously put my welfare first and I may – or may not – run all of the additional 34.5 miles with her.
Whether I do depends on whether she feels I’m up to it. I have run 70 miles in a month before, with my longest single run to date being 11 miles, so she’s fairly confident I will be able to complete the whole challenge, with training. But she will monitor me and if she thinks I need a rest, a rest I shall have.
We’re looking at planning our own half marathon routes close(ish) to home, rather than entering formal races.
There are a few reasons for this – we don’t necessarily want the majority of the day taken up with travelling to/from races; we don’t want to pay race fees; we want to be sure the routes are off-road; and if the weather is warm then we’ll be running very early in the morning when the temperatures are cooler.
We will – obviously – be training in the months leading up to September. Mum has considered herself a runner since 2004, but shift work has made her motivation for it fall off a cliff in recent years, meaning her mileage has been close to zero.
Rest assured, running 100 miles in 30 days will be a challenge for her – her monthly mileage was less than this even when she was putting on her trainers three times a week without fail.
We’ll be setting up an online donation page in due course, and will post training updates on this blog as well as my Twitter and Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there.
In the meantime, start saving those pound coins to sponsor us!