I’m still running!! I've had a whole series of problems with my website lately, but if you've been following me on Facebook, you'll know that I ran the Marathon Des Sables a couple of months ago, then the Great Ocean Road Marathon in sunny Victoria and lastly the Gold Coast Marathon just over a week ago.. That was marathon 63!
I achieved my goals in the Marathon Des Sables, the 250km race across the Sahara.. Well, sort of.. I didn’t go as fast as I wanted to, but I got there.. I ran when I could run and I walked when I had to walk. It got up to 51?C, we were whipped with sand storms, my feet disintegrated and my fellow runners fell by the wayside. It was an inglorious race that punished everyone - the strong, the experienced and the novice. I took some time out and met my girl Bec in Vietnam. I needed that stop. I needed to not run for a while. Vietnam is a pretty good place to take a break and an easy place to get fat!
We got back and I started to train again. Within two weeks I found myself pounding the bitumen in one of Australia’s most beautiful races, the Great Ocean Road Marathon. It was an arduous 45km run, but my body held together and I conquered it with relative ease. I loved the feeling of running a whole marathon and not finding myself struggling through dunes. I’d missed that feeling of running to breaking point and beyond.
The next challenge was to be the Gold Coast Marathon, another premier race that many international runners have spoken to me about, but I have never attempted myself. That was last weekend and I went there with every intention of breaking 3 hours, or at least setting a new Personal Best.. Unfortunately everything went wrong at about 18km.. I've been there before, a little cooked and working like a dog to keep a steady pace.. It didn't make it better though, I just knew what to do. I slowed to a pace I could manage and from halfway to about 33km, I just kept telling myself things would get better. Sure enough, some cloud cover came over and I cooled off enough to pick up the pace again, but I was already way off 3 hours, finishing in 3:12.18.. My only solace comes from the fact that most of my mates had a very tough day on the track, so it wasn't just me. Ah well, we live to fight another day! I've had loads of people giving me shouts and encouragement in the last few races. Strangers that know me a whole lot more than I know them.. Thanks to all those people who recognise me on the track and dish out the love!
This weekend I'm running again. I'll be wearing the t-shirt of Diabetes Australia-Vic. I have a history of Diabetes in my family and, if you read below, you'll see that it's a common problem for all Australians - a veritable crisis for the 21st century! Here are some words from Diabetes Australia-Vic:
Run Melbourne –Running for Diabetes Australia – Vic
We want people to run to cure diabetes! Run Melbourne, presented by The Age, is the community fitness event for everyone!
The event will be held on Sunday 17 July and offers participants the choice between a half marathon, a 10km run or a 5km walk starting and finishing at Federation Square.
When people enter Run Melbourne, an online fundraising page is automatically created on their behalf. They can then customise their page by choosing Diabetes Australia – Vic (DA–Vic) as their preferred charity. They are also able to add photos and even their own special message of inspiration! Once complete, they can simply tell friends and family so they can jump online and sponsor them.
Community fundraising is a fun and rewarding way to raise money for DA–Vic, and an excellent opportunity to gather friends, family and the wider community.
To register visit www.runmelbourne.com.au
All monies raised will go to diabetes research and investment in searching for a cure.
Why are we running?
- Diabetes is serious.
- Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century.
- An estimated 275 Australians develop diabetes every day.
- 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and half don’t know it (they have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes)
- An estimated two million Australians have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
That's right.. It's pretty scary stuff, though easily avoidable if you just get active!!
I'd like you all to consider donating some money to their foundation.. I know I've asked everyone to give a lot over the past 18months, but this is a homegrown problem and I think it's up to all of us to put our best foot (and some money) forward to help find a solution!!
You can donate by pressing the button below: