It’s been a long Time ….
Other than our #amigurmicharityrun posts it’s been a long time since I’ve done any normal posts. I can make excuses but I won’t it’s just one of those things. I am hoping to start to do some weekly updates but we’ll see what happens. So as I’m writing this it’s day 197 of the challenge. If you want to see full details of this years challenge go to this Post. Running 5k a day doesn’t sound too hard but when you set these challenges up you sometimes put in to the background the impact of your daily life.
To give you some background I am the full time Carer for my severely ill and disabled wife. She is totally bedbound, when I say this I mean not that she just has to spend a lot of time in bed but that she is unable to leave her bed I have to do everything for her. So anything I do I have to work around this, her condition varies and many nights I have to get up 4 or 5 times to move her. Now I’m not after sympathy but I just wanted to explain what I have to work everything around. Part of the reason for doing this challenge was I had a poor year running last year so I wanted to make myself accountable in some way, also Rosie wanted to be involved in some way. This is when we came up with our challenge for the year and I was also excited to be able to support two great charities, Support Dogs and Unicef UK.
It has been hard at times balancing my general day to day life with the challenge of running every day for a minimum of 5K. Sometimes I wonder just how I will get everything I need done that day as well as my running too, it can be hard juggling it all especially when Rosie is often unwell. For me though, as much as it’s been challenging at times I have never once seen it as a burden. It’s been great knowing every day I do have to make time to run, as in the past there would be times it was at the back end of the queue and it could mean I’d miss days of running. It’s been a learning curve of course, trying to balance everything and having time to do at least 5K but I love that it’s now become not only a highlight to my day but knowing it will happen and won’t get left behind. Yeah OK so some days I will think, I’d really love to have today off and not run but everyone has those and when I am actually out there I enjoy it and come back feeling great. One of the hardest parts for me can be going out running when I know Rosie is really struggling but she is always the first one to encourage me to go out there and enjoy it. It’s great coming home and telling her about my run and showing her the photos and videos I have taken, to see her light up and enjoy hearing about it. It’s why even on those hardest of days it’s all worth while, for Rosie, for the charities and also knowing how much you all enjoy the photos I share. This challenge has brought so many positives and I am so pleased I decided to do it despite all the challenges I have faced and may still have to face. I love running and what better reason to do it than knowing you are helping others, whether it’s helping raising money for the charities, making Rosie’s day or even yours.
So how has my running been? Well I’ve run running streaks before, I think before this my record was just over 100 days but that was running at least a mile (1.6k) a day. What I was most surprised at was the amount of difference adding another 3 and a bit kilometres to that total. Also the daily grind of those extra kilometres can affect you more than you think. Overall I have enjoyed it so far and there is something so fun about stopping mid run to take a picture of a Super hero or a Star Wars character. It never ceases to make me smile.
I knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward and there would be barriers. Those that follow me on other Social media will know I’ve managed to pick up an injury. I have badly sprained my ankle so no matter what I cannot run for a few days. When I am back I will make up any missed distance, I can only thank those people who have supported us through this challenge and helped raise the money we have for the charities. I hope that people will continue to support us for the second half of the year where I will continue to run and hopefully raise even more money. We have some great things planned for Raffles that are coming up, some extra prizes that we hope you will love (by the way if you’d like to make a donation for any raffle prizes please get in touch as we are always looking to add extra’s to help raise more money for the charities). I also hope to do a challenge or two as I’ve not been able to take part in the few local running events like I had hoped so I have a few idea’s up my sleeve that I hope you will enjoy following too.
One of the things I never expected when I started this challenge is just how much time I’d have off sick or injured. Of course I knew it might happen and it’s why I mentioned in our post about the challenge what I’d do if it did. It’s been really frustrating for me when I have been stopped from my commitment to run every day, I hate letting you down and of course the impact it might have on the charity I am fundraising for that month. Maybe the amount of time I have had to take off is the norm for something like this, after all it’s the first time I have committed to running every day for a year, and a minimum of 5K too. It has made me realise though just how important it is to take time to look after myself, as the more I neglect myself the more impact it can have on my running. Obviously illness and injury are out of my control but it would be lovely to finish up the year with this being less often. I am already working hard on my routine, trying to get more sleep as I have realised just what a difference that can make and just my over all general health. My ankle is clearly a problem and I am going to look at getting some ankle support which I am hoping will help lessen any injury I may have. Here’s hoping the second half of the year I’ll have less bad luck and be able to get to my highest running streak yet!
My wife is currently helping me sort out a photo gallery on my site so that you can look at all the photos I take each month, as I know this is a feature many of you might enjoy especially if you’ve not been following us from the start. In the meantime I thought I would share a slideshow below with two of my favourite photos from each month. I am really enjoying this challenge and taking these photos for you, and I hope you all are too.
Keep an eye out as I have a lot more posts scheduled to get this blog moving again. Thanks again for all your support and here is a link to our fundraising team page should you wish to make a donation, this month’s charity I am fundraising for Unicef UK and if you have any questions please ask.
Ps> If your looking for the post to vote for August’s Amigurumi Character it’s the post before this one or just click here to be taken to that post directly. The poll closes Friday 21st at 10PM GMT+1/BST.