Over the past month and half I’ve taken up running. Its not something I’ve ever really been interested in, but after speaking with a mate over a couple of beers we both decided that we needed to get fit – running was mentioned, along with a very short discussion about the Birmingham Half Marathon.
Since then, we’ve been on a few yogs (that’s not a typo, that’s what they’re called!). Admittedly, we’ve not done as many as I think we’d both like, but sadly I’m not getting any younger and I think my knees are having a few teething problems getting back into the whole yogging lark – plus I’ve had the added complication of damaging my hand recently.
So to get myself motivated (and to encourage me to keep on running), the half hearted talk of the Birmingham Half Marathon recently became a reality. Sadly, it was as short lived as the original conversation – as it falls on the weekend I’m more than likely going to be away for my Honeymoon!
Not one to be put off, I did a quick Google search for half marathons in the Midlands and found a delightful half marathon in Kenilworth taking place on Sunday 2nd September. Apparently (according to the Kenilworth Runners website):
The Kenilworth Half Marathon follows a pleasant course through the Warwickshire countryside and is popular with runners of all abilities each year, recently being voted into the prestigious Runners World Top 50 races list where the event was praised by the magazine for ‘efficient organisation, a friendly atmosphere and a scenic but undulating out-and-back course’.
And that’s where we’re at. We’ve registered and paid our fees to put ourselves through the 13.14 mile course.
So what do I need from you?
Well, as much encouragement as you can offer. Every time I go for a run, I log it here on my RunKeeper page, as well as on Twitter, so feel free to offer me messages of encouragement etc… along the way.
I’m also going to be collecting sponsorship for the run too.
Over the past few months I’ve been having the following symptoms: dizziness, mood swings, blurred vision, irritability, restless sleeping, fatigue, and feeling weak. I’ve been seeing doctors and having various ongoing tests to try to find out why I’m showing these symptoms. One suggestion has been low blood sugar levels (also known as Hypoglycemia). Whereas Diabetes can be insulin dependant, what seems to be going on with me is the opposite. Its thought that I’m producing too much insulin which is preventing the right levels of sugar entering my blood stream and causing the symptoms I’ve been showing of late.
Although Hypoglycemia is strongly linked to Diabetes, I’m not diabetic. However its the closest charity I could find linked to what it looks like I have, so I wanted to raise as much money as I could for this cause.
If you would like to sponsor me, please feel free to give as much or as little as you can to support this charity and encourage me to keep going when I know the training will start getting harder. There are a couple of ways you can sponsor me:
Clicking the link below will take you to my JustGiving page…
Or you can sponsor me by texting “PETE79” followed by the amount, to 70070. So if you wanted to sponsor me £5, you’d text “PETE79 £5” – it really is that simple! And, the text doesn’t cost you a penny – even better!
Thanks very much…