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Day One Hundred and Seven – Tuesday 21st July

That’s it! Done! 15 weeks. 107 days of running. 200 miles. 36 hours! Target reached and challenge complete!

I so wish this was the end because I was going back to the hospital tomorrow to do Cake & Chat, but it could be months before that happens and so reaching the target seems a good time to stop. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, both financially through sponsorship and through the many encouraging comments I’ve received!

Now to think of the next fundraising event….!!!

Day One Hundred and Six – Monday 20th July

I am so determined to get this finished and having just run a whopping 50 minutes, I know I can do it tomorrow. With just 30 minutes of the challenge remaining, barring any disasters, I will draw it to a close with a Facebook Live tomorrow! The fundraising stands at £220 – not quite half of what I hoped to achieve, but better than nothing and it has certainly given me a focus for the last 15 weeks!

Day One Hundred and Five – Sunday 19th July

Well it got a bit late, but I still managed to get out at 8.30pm and do half an hour on the treadmill to keep me on track for finishing this challenge on Tuesday – so close now – just 1 hour and 20 minutes of running to go to reach the current target of 36 hours! The end is in sight…..!!!

Day One Hundred and Four – Saturday 18th July

I am definitely determined to get this done before the target goes up again on Wednesday, so 45 minutes running today keeps that a possibility! Need to do a similar time tomorrow or at least 30 minutes and then another 45 on Monday and I can finish the last half an hour or so on Tuesday.

Day One Hundred and Three – Friday 17th July

Clocked up another 30 minutes today which leaves me 2 hours and 25 minutes left to reach my target. I’m wondering if I can push myself and get it done in the next four days before the target would be due to go up again on Wednesday! It’s tempting – I’d be finished in time for the school holidays too!!!

Day One Hundred and Two – Thursday 16th July

Wednesday seems to be the new day off!!! A busy one yesterday means I didn’t get out to the garage, so made sure I go my run in this morning. Was hoping for another 40 minutes but the threat of World War III from inside the house caused me to stop just short at 35 minutes – will just have to see what I can manage over the coming days to see if that target gets met anytime soon!

Day One Hundred – Tuesday 14th July

Milestone day 100 today and another 40 minutes as part of my determination to get this finished!! For the first time I have less than 2 hours to run to reach my target – at least until tomorrow!! If I keep this up though, I will definitely be done in the next 2 weeks, so here’s hoping!

Day Ninety-Nine – Monday 13th July

Had a bit more time today and a lot more determination to get this thing finished, so clocked up 40 minutes to hopefully bring the target to under 2 hours before it goes up again and maybe get done in the next week or 2!

Day Ninety-Eight – Sunday 12th July

Ended up having a day off yesterday, so needed to make sure I ran today or I’ll never reach the target and be able to stop!! 30 minutes more so just need to make sure I do at least half an hour for the next two days before the target goes up again!

Day Ninety-Six – Friday 10th July

Managed to find the time to do 30 minutes today, so feel a bit more back on track but it’s definitely more of a chore than an enjoyment these days!

Day Ninety-Five – Thursday 9th July

For the first time since beginning this challenge I didn’t even run on Wednesday never mind do a Facebook live. I really feel like I’ve lost my incentive with this challenge – it has gone on far longer than I anticipated and it hasn’t attracted the sponsorship that I hoped for. However, I’m not one to quit, so I will continue until I reach whatever target I reach and then I’ll draw it to a close! Target has now gone up to 34 hours and with my 20 minutes today, I’ve completed 30 hours, so I think I should be able to do this in the next 2-3 weeks. Maybe by then I’ll even have some good news from the hospital!

Day Ninety-Three – Tuesday 7th July

It really is getting more difficult to squeeze in a run and I’ve not had any sponsorship for weeks, so I’m thinking it might be time to draw this challenge to a close soon. I’ll give it a couple of weeks to see if I can reach the target as it is and then I think I’ll call that it. Not quite done as much as I hoped this week, but another 20 minutes keeps me going!

Day Ninety-Two – Monday 6th July

It was another busy day, so just another 20 minutes to keep me going! Remaining time is back to it’s joint lowest point so another run tomorrow will take me closer then I’ve ever been to that target (until it goes up again on Wednesday!)

Day Ninety-One – Sunday 5th July

Wasn’t sure if I’d have time to run today but tomorrow is also looking busy, so managed to squeeze in another 20 minutes. Down to just 3 hours to go until the target goes up again on Wednesday!

Day Ninety – Saturday 4th July

Day 90 of the challenge! Up to just under 29 hours of running and just under 160 miles. 20 minutes today keeps the target in sight for this week.

Day Eighty-Nine – Friday 3rd July

Had a couple of really busy days and didn’t manage to run yesterday, so got out just before tea today to manage another 30 minutes to keep me on track. Am beginning to think I may need to draw an end to this at some point as it could be months before I am back at the hospital!! Maybe I’ll aim for 40 hours and leave it there…..we’ll see!

Day Eighty-Seven – Wednesday 1st July

Target increase day today, so now the target stands at 32 hours. A 30 minutes run today means I’m up to 27 hours and 50 minutes of that target leaving just over 4 hours left. Hopefully by this time next week it will less than 4 hours!

Day Eighty-Six – Tuesday 30th June

Managed 30 minutes today to bring my remaining target below 2 hours for the first time (and for less than 24 hours, but I’m still pleased!!). I’ve also now run over 150 miles during this challenge – the equivalent of over 5 and a half marathons!! I’d run a marathon if I could spread it out over a few days!!

Day Eighty-Five – Monday 29th June

It’s been a very busy day so just managed to squeeze in 15 minutes before tea. Glad I did as it means I have less pressure to do a very long run tomorrow and 30 minutes should keep me well on track to be below 3 hours left before the target goes up again on Wednesday!

Day Eighty-Four – Sunday 28th June

After the disappointment of putting on weight, yesterday was a complete blow-out day!!! No running, cream cakes, McDonald’s and take-away all in one day – oops!!! Thought I’d better do a bit of running today just to try to make up in a very tiny way for my enjoyment!!! Just 20 minutes, but it gets me back on track and hopefully I’ll manage to run tomorrow and Tuesday to make good inroads into what is left.

Day Eighty-Two – Friday 26th June

Ok, so I’m disappointed! Not only had I not lost weight – I’ve put on a lb!!!! Clearly my fat is turning to muscle which weighs more (either that or I’ve continued to eat more calories than I’m burning off in all my exercise!!!). Therefore had to do another 30 minutes today to make up for the lack of weight loss!

Day Eighty-One – Thursday 25th June

If I haven’t lost weight when I weigh myself tomorrow I will be very disappointed!! It is so hot again today that half an hour running has made me sweat so much (sorry!!!) – surely I will be lighter as a result!! Did contemplate stopping after 20 minutes but I’m determined to do my 2 and a half hours this week so I don’t want to leave myself too much to do!

Day Eighty – Wednesday 24th June

Target increase day means the target now stands at 30 hours of which I have now completed 25 hours and 15 minutes. It was a hot one today but pushed myself to do 30 minutes as I want to complete at least 2 and a half hours this week if I can as that will mean my remaining hours will fall below 3 hours for the first time (at least until the target goes up again!!).

Day Seventy-Nine – Tuesday 23rd June

Another busy day with home schooling (!!) so only managed to get out for 15 minutes today and it was incredibly hot, so I don’t think I’d have managed much more even if I had more time. Tomorrow is going to be hot too, so it’ll be interesting trying to run and talk at the same time for my Facebook Live! Still, it’s all minutes in the bag and the target goes up again tomorrow so I need to keep going!

Day Seventy-Eight – Monday 22nd June

Glad I managed a long run on Saturday as today was another busy one so only managed to squeeze in 20 minutes after another day off yesterday for Father’s Day! Not sure I’d have managed more than 20 minutes anyway today – the two youngest daughter’s are doing a Sports Week Challenge with school so I said I’d join in and doing burpees for 60 seconds nearly killed me!!!! If I’m not fitter and lighter by the end of this lockdown, there is something wrong somewhere!!!

Day Seventy-Six – Saturday 20th June

As expected, a day off yesterday meant I had to get out this morning and make sure I ran for at least 30 minutes and, Boom!, I managed a whopping 50 minutes!! Kept getting distracted and missing each cut off, so kept going! Really pleased as with it being Father’s Day tomorrow, I’m not likely to get a run in then, so this feels like I’ve done two days in one!!!

Day Seventy-Four – Thursday 18th June

Glad to have the treadmill to be doing this on today as it is absolutely throwing it down and I got soaked just going from the back door to the garage!! Another 30 minutes completed today so that’s the first hour for the week. Got a pretty busy day tomorrow so may not manage a run but if I can sneak 15 or 20 minutes in, it will be a bonus!

Day Seventy-Three – Wednesday 17th June

It’s Wednesday! Target increase day, Cake & Chat day, Facebook Live day! Target now stands at 28 hours but by making sure I’ve been doing more than 2 hours per week, with an additional 30 minutes today, I’ve got 5 hours and 10 minutes left to run.

Day Seventy-Two – Tuesday 16th June

Just another 20 minutes today to bring my remaining total to below 4 hours for the first time! Obviously that will only be for 24 hours, but I’m hoping by this time next week I may have the remaining amount below 3 and a half hours so I’m slowly bringing it down! The hospital have allowed a couple of volunteers to start back, but only in the cafe, so I think it will still be some time before volunteers an go back into clinical areas. I will keep hoping though!

Day Seventy-One – Monday 15th June

Today is the start of the 11th week of the Cake and Chat Challenge. I’m not sure I thought I’d still be doing this at this stage, but I am and I’m still running! As expected, it was just 20 minutes today, but I’ve now done over 2 hours for the week, so am eating into bonus time with still one more day to go before the target goes up again, so I’m really pleased with this week’s progress!

Day Seventy – Sunday 14th June

Despite only having had about 4 hours sleep last night, I felt much better today! Day 70 of the challenge and it’s the first day I’ve had any significant time home alone as Neil has taken the opportunity of the change in lockdown rules to take the girls to visit his mum and dad (socially distanced in the garden, of course!). As such, I’ve managed a whopping 45 minute run – covering over 4 miles!!! Really pleased as tomorrow is looking quite busy so I’ll be happy if I manage a short 15 minutes, if anything at all!

Day Sixty-Nine – Saturday 13th June

Had a day off yesterday so needed to get back out there today although I can’t say I was really feeling like it. Made myself do 20 minutes though so just keeps things going and hopefully I’ll be feeling better and manage a bit longer over the next few days.

Day Sixty-Seven – Thursday 11th June

Just another 20 minutes today to keep the time ticking over. This brings up over 20 and a half hours of running since I started and if I keep on track to doing more than 2 hours this week, then I’ll have less than 4 hours to run by the time the target increases again!

Day Sixty-Six – Wednesday 10th June

It’s Wednesday so it’s target increase day! Target now stands at 26 hours but as I’ve already done over 20 hours (including today’s 30 minutes!) then it doesn’t seem quite so bad as I thought it would do. Did a quick Facebook live and took the opportunity to remind people that I am doing this as a fundraiser! It’s all gone very quiet on the donations front and therefore another donation would really give me a boost!

Day Sixty-Five – Tuesday 9th June

Really only planned to do 15 or 20 minutes today but got distracted each time it came to those milestones so didn’t press stop and kept going! Even missed 30 minutes but there was no way I was going another 10 minutes!!! Just over 4 hours to go and even though the target will go up tomorrow, as long as I run for more than 15 minutes, I will have less than 6 hours to go even then.

Day Sixty-Four – Monday 8th June

After my planned day off yesterday, was back with another 30 minutes today. I can really see me starting to reach the target now – I realise it is still going to go up by 2 hours each week, but I’m hoping it won’t be long before I’m only needing to do the extra 2 hours each week! For the first time, my time remaining to run is less than 5 hours and I’ve still go another day of running to do before the target goes up again!

Day Sixty-Two – Saturday 6th June

Pleased to have managed another 30 minutes today so very much on track to do 2 and a half hours this week. Definitely having a day off tomorrow as it’s Mum’s birthday so got lots of secret things to prepare before we play a surprise visit (hopefully she’s not reading this!!!).

Day Sixty-One – Friday 5th June

It was a bit up and down today – my leg felt better so planned to do half and hour. Got going and after 10 minutes felt a twinge so thought I’d have to stop but then managed to run through it and made it to half an hour! Today also brings up over 100 miles of running since I started. One of my daughter’s was back to give me some Harry Potter quizzes again which also kept me going today!

Day Sixty – Thursday 4th June

Only managed 15 minutes today – a busy day and very painful sciatica meant I couldn’t manage any more, but I was determined to at least do a bit so I’m happy with that! Almost made it to 100 miles and today was the 60th day of actual running. Can’t say I feel an awful lot fitter or thinner for it, but I’m hoping it’s doing me some good! I did increase the speed today as I knew I’d only got time for a short run, so maybe that will be the key!!

Day Fifty-Nine – Wednesday 3rd June

Target increase day so the target now stands at 24 hours! Another 30 minutes today means that I have now clocked up 17 and a half hours, so only 6 and a half to go (until next week anyway!!!). Hopefully if I can stick to running for at least 2 and a half hours a week, I will still see that total to go coming down each week. Managed a Facebook Live again today so it was good to pass some of the time chatting to the lovely folk out there!

Day Fifty-Eight – Tuesday 2nd June

Another 20 minutes today brings up 2 and a half hours for the week so I’m pleased with that! Although the target will go up again tomorrow, I don’t feel too demotivated as I’ve run more this week than the increase in that target! Just need to keep that up now!

Day Fifty-Seven – Monday 1st June

Start of new week and new month and still no sign of this coming to an end, so here we go with week 9. Pushed it to 30 minutes again today as I’m determined to have less left to run after my target goes up than I had last week when the target increased!! I really don’t want to leave myself with more than a couple of hours to run once I get the all clear to go back to the hospital.

Day Fifty-Five – Saturday 30th May

Didn’t make it out early after all, so another hot run but kept going for 30 minutes so I might treat myself to a day off in the next few days!! Today’s run has take me over 16 hours of running and over 90 miles!

Day Fifty-Four – Friday 29th May

Another 20 minutes today just to keep that time going! Needed to get to the hospital to take the Welcome Packs, so didn’t push it to 30 minutes today. It’s also been fairly warm over the past few days so unless I get out earlier tomorrow, it might be another 20 minutes then as well!! It all adds up though!

Day Fifty-Three – Thursday 28th May

Just a 20 minute run today as I needed to stop to get some Welcome Packs put together! Quite pleased though as I was starting to feel under pressure to run 30 minutes every time so at least I’ve broken that trend. As long as I try to run every day, or at least only have 1 day off a week, I should still be able to run more than 2 hours a week even if some of my runs are 20 minutes. Will have to see how it goes!

Day Fifty-two – Wednesday 27th May

Had a few other commitments this morning so decided not to do a Facebook Live for Cake & Chat time, but posted a virtual cup of tea & coffee on the Facebook page and encouraged people to share their tips for how they are coping with this situation – after all, it’s good to talk! Still made sure I got out to the garage and did another 30 minute run though – after all, it is Wednesday, so the target has gone up again and now stands at 22 hours. I’m already 15 hours towards it though, so as long as I keep going at this rate, I should get to the point where it is manageable to do what is left when I get the longed for call to say I can go back to the unit!

Day Fifty-one – Tuesday 26th May

Really pleased to have managed another 30 minutes today as it felt really hard to begin with and by 10 minutes I’d decided I’d be happy with 20! Seemed to get a bit easier so carried on and definitely feel good for having done so! The target goes up again tomorrow, so really have to keep the momentum going!

Day Fifty – Monday 25th May

So today has brought up 50 days since I started this challenge. Although I have only run on 37 of those days, I have accumulated 14 hours of running and over 78 miles! There doesn’t seem an end to it yet as no return to the hospital is looking likely (although we will see what happens with the review of the lockdown on Thursday!) so another 30 minutes today edges me closer to my current target of 20 hours. Just keep running!!

Day Forty-Eight – Saturday 23rd May

Back on track (well, two days on the trot anyway!!) so another 30 minutes completed. Hoping to keep this going for at least 2 out of the next 3 days so that I don’t feel so deflated when the target goes up again on Wednesday!!

Day Forty-Seven – Friday 22nd May

Ended up having an unplanned day off yesterday (time just got away with me!) so I had the usual need to push myself today to get back on track. Managed to convince myself to keep going for 30 minutes though as I figure that the more I can do now, the less I will be leaving myself to do at the end!! A total of 13 hours completed now and over 70 miles.

Day Forty-Five – Wednesday 20th May

Wednesday again! It does seem to be coming round more quickly and yet at the same time, it’s definitely feeling like Groundhog Day! Target is now 20 hours which means I’ve missed 10 Wednesdays of Cake & Chat. It really does feel like a long time now and I just hope it isn’t as long until I can get back. On a positive note, I’ve pushed myself to run another 30 minutes today – that’s the third day in a row I’ve managed half and hour so I’m closing in on the target even when it is increasing! It was also incredibly hot today, so it will hopefully feel easier again once the weather cools down!

Day Forty-Four – Tuesday 19th May

Managed another 30 minutes today after convincing myself that the only way to get any closer to the target and not leave myself too much to do at the end, is to add up some significant chunks of time each day! You would have thought that was obvious but it’s much easier to set myself a lower amount of time to run for and stick to that than to make myself run for longer!!

Day Forty-Three – Monday 18th May

I’m determined to make some serious inroads into my target over the next couple of weeks in the hope that it won’t be too much longer before I can get back into the hospital and I don’t want to leave myself with too much to do during the last week (whenever that may be!). Therefore managed to push myself to do 30 minutes today and could possible have done more but I’d left all 3 girls in the house and I didn’t want to push it and come back in to World War III!!! Hopefully I can keep this motivation and momentum going for a few days!!

Day Forty-Two – Sunday 17th May

Another 20 minutes clocked up today which brings my total running to 11 hours towards a current total of 18 hours. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve set myself an impossible task!! I’ve obviously got to run in excess of 2 hours each week in order to keep up with the ever increasing target, but I’ve also got to catch up on the 6 hours that the target was before I started running. Maybe it’s time to up the time I run each day but that is going to require a huge boost in motivation!!! Will see what this week brings.

Day Forty-One – Saturday 16th May

Friday’s just seem to be getting too busy to fit in a run so had to get out there again today! Pleased to have done another 20 minutes today to keep that amount going up! Must try to get a good run together again so that I’m not leaving myself too much to do when I can eventually stop and get back to Cake & Chat!!

Day Thirty-Nine – Thursday 14th May

Managed to make myself get on the treadmill again today to try to get some momentum back and ended up doing 30 minutes! Boom! Not sure how or why, but I’m not going to complain! Even managed to stop the clock at 30:01 to make up for the lost second yesterday!!!

Day Thirty – Eight – Wednesday 13th May

Been struggling of late and didn’t run yesterday again. However, Wednesday is always a good motivator for me – an increase in the target time (now 18 hours) and a Facebook Live to pass some of the time. Forced myself to go for 30 minutes (although stopped the clock at 29:30, so owe a second next time I run!!). I’ve also had another couple of sponsors this week which is lovely and also helps to keep me going.

Day Thirty -Six – Monday 11th May

I really thought this would get easier the more I did, but it really isn’t!!! It was another tough 20 minutes today, but am pleased to have done it and kept the minutes ticking over. I was kept going today by my two youngest daughters who again distracted me with Harry Potter quizzes!!! Must keep going….!!!

Day Thirty-Five – Sunday 10th May

I had planned to run 15 minutes yesterday to bring up the 9 hours mark, but a busy day of undertaking Taskmaster challenges with friends (social distancing adhered to at all times!) and a dodgy hip (sciatica!) meant an enforced day off. Managed to hobble through the 15 minutes today though, so that’s 9 hours ticked off! Today’s 1.36 miles also took my total mileage for the challenge to over 50 miles. I’m happy with that so far!! Wonder if I’ll end up doing 100 miles by the end of it? Lockdown isn’t looking like ending any time soon, so I’m guessing my target of 16 hours is going to increase a fair bit too!!

Day Thirty-Three – Friday 8th May

It’s starting to get harder to get motivated to run but my target is ever increasing so I need to make myself go out at least 5 times a week to keep up! Managed another 20 minutes today and if I do 15 minutes tomorrow, I’ll have made it to 9 hours, so that will be my motivation for running again and not having another day off tomorrow!!!

Day Thirty-One – Wednesday 6th May

Yes – it’s that time of the week again – Wednesday would normally be Cake & Chat but instead it’s ‘increase the target’ day!! Target now stands at 16 hours but it was a nice feeling to start running today knowing that I’d already done just over 8 hours, so already past half way to the new target. Did my Facebook Live video and it was lovely to have a few people watching which spurred me on – also great to receive an encouraging comment or two to keep me going! It was tough today though, so just managed 20 minutes but it’s still enough to keep be clocking up those minutes!

Day Thirty – Tuesday 5th May

It’s been a busy couple of days so didn’t manage to run yesterday and only just squeezed in 15 minutes today, but at least it’s something and keeps that total ticking over before the target goes up again tomorrow!

Day Twenty-Eight – Sunday 3rd May

The end of the fourth week of the Cake and Chat Challenge and another 20 minutes run today brings my total amount of running to 7 hours and 50 minutes. I’ve also covered 44.60 miles which sounds a lot until you realise it has taken me 22 times of running to reach it!!!

Day Twenty-Seven – Saturday 2nd May

After a day off yesterday I needed to get back on the treadmill today. Feeling much more manageable now that my total amount running is consistently more than the amount left to run! Another 20 minutes keeps me on target to get even closer to that target before it goes up again on Wednesday!

Day Twenty-Five – Thursday 30th April

Don’t seem to have had a day off since last Thursday, but as the minutes are adding up, I can see myself getting closer to the target, so just couldn’t help but get on the treadmill and add another 20 minutes! It means I’m back to having run more than I have left – yippee!! Especially pleased as the target won’t be going up for another 6 days, so I’ll be even closer to it by then. Really feel like I’ve broken the back of this challenge. Just need to keep going now!

Day Twenty-Four – Wednesday 29th April

It’s Wednesday which means an increase in the target (now 14 hours) and a Facebook Live!! Not sure it worked so well today – the internet connection kept breaking up – I must remember to switch off the WiFi next week! It’s always a good motivation for me when the target goes up though, so I managed 30 minutes to keep me in sight of where I need to be. The Facebook Live was also a good opportunity to talk about the 2.6 Challenge again and thank those that have already got involved. It’s not too late to take up a challenge and get sponsored or simply make a donation as part of this! Check out the website here for more information.

Day Twenty-Three – Tuesday 28th April

For the first time (and probably the last time for a while) today’s run means I have run for more time than the time I have left! 6 hours and 20 minutes in the bag with just 5 hours and 40 minutes left to my target – until tomorrow when the target goes up again!!!

Day Twenty-Two – Monday 27th April

It was 8pm before I made it into the garage today, so just a short run to keep things moving! Thankfully I managed an uneventful run today, so not much to report! However, 15 minutes means that right now, I’ve run for 6 hours and as my target is currently 12 hours, I’m half way (at least until Wednesday!!)

Day Twenty-One – Sunday 26th April

Wouldn’t normally run on a Sunday as it seems as good as any to have as a day off, but had some spare time this afternoon, so thought I’d tot up another 15 or 20 minutes to try to get ahead of the game!! What a comedy of errors it turned out to be!!! I’d been running for about 5 minutes when I accidentally caught the emergency stop cord, pulling it out, stopping the treadmill and re-setting the time!! Thankfully I hadn’t run much more, but it did mean starting again, so just went for 15 minutes. I’d been doing well for 3 weeks but today was the day I pressed stop on 14 minutes and 59 seconds!!! Given that I’d done an extra 5 minutes though, I’m not feeling too guilty about recording it as 15 minutes!! I’ll know to have a day off next Sunday!!!

Day Twenty – Saturday 25th April

So happy today! Went to do my run – as always it was a struggle to get to 15 minutes and I was battling with myself as to whether to stop at 20 or push it to 30 (which I knew I really needed to do) when a notification popped up on my ‘phone from the charity Twitter account. A fabulous photo and tweet from a mum who’s baby is currently on the unit, thanking us for providing vCreate so that video and photograph updates can be sent to parents when they can’t be at the unit. What more motivation did I need? Boom – 30 minutes in the bag!!

Day Nineteen – Friday 24th April

Didn’t really plan a day off yesterday, but just didn’t get round to running, so made sure I was in the garage this morning to keep the minutes ticking over! Another 20 minute stint today has brought my total to 5 hours. Just another 7 hours to go (plus whatever gets added over the next few weeks!). Will try to run for at least half an hour over the weekend so that my weekly total is at least 2 hours. Will need to try to increase that over the next week or two!

Day Seventeen – Wednesday 22nd April

It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means?! Yes – the target has gone up again! Now aiming for 12 hours, although we know that we will be doing this for at least another couple of weeks and probably be longer, so that target will get even bigger! Wednesday also means a Facebook Live as ran at the same time as I would have been doing Cake & Chat. It was good to see that people were watching although I looked shocking!!! Through a combination of doing the Facebook Live, turning the speed down on the treadmill, listening to Pop Master and having my daughter do another Harry Potter trivia quiz, I did manage 30 minutes! Yay!! Need to do that a few more times to get that target a bit closer!

Day Sixteen – Tuesday 21st April

OK, so my legs weren’t so bad today, but then my back started hurting!!! Maybe I’m just a wreck after all!! Done another 20 minutes – tried slowing down a bit to see if I could keep going but to no avail today. Still, tomorrow is Wednesday which means an increase to the total target – that usually motivates me to run a bit further, so hopefully we’ll see at least 30 minutes clocked up tomorrow! Watch this space!

Day Fifteen – Monday 20th April

A tough 20 minutes clocked up today. Really feeling it in my legs but pushed myself to keep going (could quite happily have stopped after 10 minutes!!). Know I can’t really go lower than 20 minutes in a session and need to be pushing for at least half an hour but it’s not getting any easier!! Had another sponsor today which was a good boost, so thank you to those who have donated so far!

Day Thirteen – Saturday 18th April

Ended up having a day off yesterday – it was one of those days where the time just went and I have no idea really what I did all day!!! So, despite it being the weekend (when I had tentatively thought I wouldn’t run!), I’ve been back out in the garage to clock up some more minutes. It was tough today but I forced myself to keep going! It was raining outside so I think I missed the entertainment of my kids in the garden too. Managed another 30 minutes though which I’m pleased with – keeps my target in sight!

Day Eleven – Thursday 16th April

Wow – that was tough today! Don’t know whether I’d overdone it a bit yesterday (I could certainly feel it in my legs!), or whether running after eating a couple of hot dogs is not a good idea, but it was definitely the most difficult it’s been today. Still managed 20 minutes (trying to keep my absolute minimum to 15 minutes, so it’s better than that!) so can keep the total ticking over! If any of you are tempted to take on a bit of a challenge, then today the 2.6 Challenge has been launched – check out our website, Facebook page or http://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk to find out more!

Day Ten – Wednesday 15th April

It’s Wednesday, so the target has gone up again – it now stands at 10 hours!! Eek!! However, thanks to my 9-year-old daughter standing next to me for the last 10 minutes firing Harry Potter trivia questions at me, I managed to push it to run for 30 minutes today!! Might regret it later though!!! I also attempted another Facebook Live, so if you want to see me in action, visit our Facebook page and watch me out of breath and getting redder by the minute!!

Day Nine – Tuesday 14th April

Another 20 minutes in the bag! It was warm and hard work today – not sure if I’ll manage to up the minutes tomorrow but I’ll need to try soon as that target will be going up again! May try for another Facebook Live if I manage to run during Cake & Chat time again which could keep me going for a few minutes longer!! If you don’t already ‘like’ us on Facebook, then do find us at http://www.facebook.com/emilyharrisfoundation where you will find out much more about what we do and watch me in action if I manage a Live running again!!

Day Eight – Monday 13th April

After giving myself the weekend off, I needed to get back on the treadmill today. We’ve moved it into the garage so that I don’t have to keep getting it out every day. It’s also much cooler in the garage, so should be more comfortable. Today, however, it was also about 10 degrees cooler outside so definitely felt the chill!! Couldn’t manage more than 20 minutes again today so will look to increase my time when the target goes up again on Wednesday!

Day Five – Friday 10th April

This must be getting addictive!!! I keep thinking I’ll have a day off and then decide I should run for a bit! I think I’m worried that if I stop, I might not start again!! Definitely not going to run on Sunday, so I might end up having the weekend off, but we’ll see what happens. Another 20 mins added today and thanks to the Coles family for their donation yesterday, keeping the money ticking along with the time!

Day Four – Thursday 9th April

Wasn’t sure if I’d manage a run today as I woke up with a very stiff upper back and shoulder!!! However, I’m determined not to leave myself too much to do at the end, so I need to keep the minutes ticking over. After another 20 minute run and a hot shower, I’m feeling much better, so this thing must be good for me in lots of ways!! Would love to see a few more donations coming in, so don’t forget to head to my Virgin Money Giving page if you want to encourage me to keep going!! Thank you!

Day Three – Wednesday 8th April

My legs were definitely feeling it today and I did consider giving myself the day off. However, it is Wednesday and Wednesday is usually Cake & Chat day, so that means the target time has now gone up to 8 hours! Can’t let that get away from me, so forced myself into my running trainers and set up the treadmill – even managed a Facebook Live video (although I haven’t dared to watch it back yet!!!).

Pushed myself to do 20 mins today, so the time is ticking along and hopefully I’ll continue to increase it every couple of days so that I get closer to that target time.

Thanks for the support and I’ll update again soon!

Day Two – Tuesday 7th April

Could feel it in my legs this morning and I’d only run 15 minutes yesterday!! Really need to build up those muscles!! Still managed another 15 minutes today and increased the speed to work myself a little harder. The target goes up tomorrow so may push it to 20 minutes next time I run – don’t want that target to get too far ahead of me!

Had my first donation today, so huge thanks to RevBob for starting the ball rolling.

Day One – Monday 6th April

Today I will begin my challenge. I haven’t run since I completed (in the loosest sense of the word!), the Great North Run in September last year (2019), so I think I’m going to feel it today. I will aim for 15 mins of running as a starter and it won’t be fast, but it’ll get me going and start the minutes adding up. I’ve already missed 3 weeks of Cake & Chat, so my starting total is 6 hours, but this will go up by 2 hours each week, so the sooner I can build up my fitness and stamina to run for longer periods of time, the easier it will be to meet my target!

Will update again as often as I can, but in the meantime, if you want to sponsor me, just click on the link!

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ClareHarris99

Thanks for reading!

UPDATE!!!!

I have completed my first 15 minutes! Just another 5 hrs and 45 mins to go (until my target is increased again after Wednesday!!!). Didn’t feel as bad as I thought it would, but I’m not going to get complacent – think I’ll stick to 15 minute stints for now!!!

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