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My target 26 mi
I’m fundraising for the charity Sands!
This year I'm taking part in My Marathon My Way to raise vital funds for Sands during this incredibly difficult time.
Today I started my Marathon Journey to raise money for SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity). My aim is to complete 26.2miles on a rowing machine in a month (running is not my thing), that's a mile a day (or 1609.3m/day)....which for anyone who knows me, will know how super unfit I am and this is a challenge in it's self!.
Why am I doing this... well in 2007, we lost our gorgeous Georgina ... she would have been 13 this year (with all the fun that would have brought)...and it feels, during this uncertain time, it is right to do something that would help support others who have to go through this hideous experience....
In these uncertain times, the Sands helpline and online community are vital in keeping bereaved families connected by offering a safe, confidential and compassionate space to talk.
The NHS is stretched and Sands are there to support with the various emotional needs bereaved parents and families have day to day, which can be heightened in such uncertain times.
Sands is not immune from the effects of this pandemic so I’m taking on My Marathon My Way to save lives with every mile.
I hope you feel able to support me (even if it's just by virtually cheering me on from the sidelines)
Thanks for reading
Take Care and Stay Safe
Day 26.....you got the LoveWednesday 3rd Jun And so it’s done..... 26 miles (that’s 42155m or 1609m -equivalent to 1miles a day) on a rowing machine by an incredibly unfit woman..... and at the end here’s some reflections on this mad journey....
Day 25 .... how to take your mind off the distanceTuesday 2nd Jun Today, my penultimate day, I was hoping to provide some insight into to the last 25miles, however my home coach (aka my darling son) decided yesterday to launch himself off his bike and promptly broke both wrists. This an evening at A&E ensued and my thoughts this morning were straying somewhat...
Day 24 Monday morningsMonday 1st Jun I’ve said it before...... I hate Monday’s on this machine......today I seriously thought it was going to kill me..... every slide back and forth, every pull was hideously hard.... but that could be because now I have broken my 10 min barrier I am determined to keep the downward trajectory of time going.... one positive my time dropped to 9mins 51sec for 1756m
Day 23...cracked itSunday 31st May Today is my recovery day and as readers of the blog know this normally spells trouble.... the belief (my illogical brain) that a shorter distance should be done in record quick time means that I end up a mess..... but today I got a grip and stuck to my slowly does it rate and I completed it not in a record time but at least I did not end up a complete mess....
Day 22 ....do not try thisSaturday 30th May Ok one thing I have learned today and it’s a super important lesson.... do not under any circumstances try to row a set distance (1756) and aim to do it in certain time (sub 10 mins) if on the previous day you have decorated your kitchen ..... it doesn’t/will not happen....there you go words of wisdom....
Day 21 fabulous Friday feelingFriday 29th May Ok here’s the question of the day.... why is it when I row steadily at 20-21s/m my time drops exponentially (got sub 10mins today) and I am more cream cracker (heart rate well up).... answers on a post card please....
Day 20 Another mile in the wallThursday 28th May Although this morning I would have happily gone back to bed rather than get on the machine (a feeling that’s was with me on day 2 and has been with me throughout this challenge) I’ve done my 20th mile and reduced my time by 5 secs time to complete 1756m = 10 mins 17.3secs 😁
Day 19 - Rhythm is going to get you...Wednesday 27th May Not sure if it’s hay fever or just a cold but rowing with a blocked nose is no fun.... thank goodness for my two coaches who tell me to ignore the dictator (also known as the concept 2 pm3 - which tracks my rates and time as well as the distance)and just row ... the rhythm will come .... it does ... and before I know it another mile is done....
Day 18..... lose yourselfTuesday 26th May All I can say today is thank goodness for Eminem.... I have probably said it before but his track lose yourself is perfect for keeping me going when my legs are screaming to stop.... so day 18,18miles down & 8 to go... will I make to the end .... God willing and with Eminem on the playlist I think I just might 🤞
Day 17. ...keep on rowingMonday 25th May After yesterday’s debacle... today I was determined to get back to a more sensible approach.... and it paid off .... not as quick as Saturday but still sub 11mins for 1.1 miles (1756m) which is not bad for a 54year old who started the as ultra unfit and now is a bit fitter....
Day 16 : crash and burnSunday 24th May After yesterday’s elation... today because it’s my recovery day (short distance of 719m) like an idiot, I bolted from the start and consequently 300m in I nearly lost ability to move the ergo at all... I kept going just and did manage to finish but boy oh boy it was tough!!!!
Day 15....starting to enjoy??Saturday 23rd May Not quite sure what happened today after yesterday’s elation at getting the distance done in 11mins 22 secs... this morning I did it in a mind blowing ( for me) 10mins 22secs.... I didn’t go at a quicker rate (stuck to 21s/m throughout most) but ... the outcome was even better.... from a cardio perspective was definitely more out of breath but hey that’s not a bad thing....😃
Day 14 half way reflectionsFriday 22nd May Yesterday I was elated to have passed the 13 mile mark but getting there was tough.... today although the drive to get going was nigh on nonexistent once I got going the rowing zone seemed to kick in and I completed my session in PB of 11mins 22secs....
Day 13...whoa we’re half way there....Thursday 21st May Well here we are on day 13 and we’ve done 13 miles.... which means I’m about to tip over into the heavenly space of less miles to do than have been already done and the end of this mad challenge will shortly hove into view😄
Day 12 into the grooveWednesday 20th May Well here we are at day 12.... and before I go any further I would like to thank you again for your support.... when I started on this never would I have thought that the target I set would be smashed so emphatically😃... it’s humbling.
Day 11... another one bites the dustTuesday 19th May Day 11 and another mile down.... only 15.2Miles to go.... I’d like to say it’s getting easier but it’s not.... but I will continue through sheer b&@@)y mindedness....
Day 10.... I don’t like MondaysMonday 18th May Waking up late is not a good start.... but the rowing machine beckons... thank goodness for the song list - who would have thought Moby (extreme) Indeep (last night a DJ save my life) Beyoncé (Crazy in love) Florence & the machine (you got the love) Eminem (Lose yourself)and AC/DC (thunderstruck) in a mix wouLd be good to row to ... although going to have ditch the Beastie boys (Sabotage) ... bit too fast
Day 9 recovery daySunday 17th May First... want to say massive thanks to all those who are supporting me in this, either donating via Facebook directly or via the donation button on this page. I truly appreciate it ... losing a child never gets any easier, the raw all consuming pain may subside a little with time but the ache never goes away (even after 13 years) and that’s why the work of Sands is so important and your support will make a real difference.
Day 8 getting on an even keelSaturday 16th May Well today was infinitely better than yesterday which could be due to fact I rowed with music on my phone.... like I should know that music will help the rhythm doh...😖. So all those years dancing taught me nothing 🤨
Day 7 - 7 miles doneFriday 15th May Today was wobbly.... as in my rowing rate (s/m) was all over the place .... never mind I’ll get there.... I win no awards for elegant or smooth style but I will keep going .... the goal of raising as much as I can for Sands is spurring me on
Day 6....ToughThursday 14th May Boy oh boy this morning It was tough.... totally my fault despite my brain telling my limbs to take it slow and steady, my body rebelled and kept pushing up the rate to 26-27 s/m the result was I really struggled to keep going and had little left in the tank to do my usual final push..... the good news was I did finish my new extended distance (1.15 miles) and reduced my time.... I passed the 10,000m rowed too so I’m getting there
Day 5 - Upping the pace.....ever so slightlyWednesday 13th May Well here we are at day 5..... the rhythm of get up get on the rowing machine is starting to feel the norm.
Day 4....back in the grooveTuesday 12th May Day 4..... today was not easy by any estimate but I at least I seemed to find my groove. I remembered not to go off like a rocket and seemed to find a steady pace around 23s/m..... I admit it didn’t stop me doing a 1/2slide express for the final 100m but getting my time below 12mins was too tantalising to miss😁.
Day 3 ...the going is getting toughMonday 11th May
Day 2 ......Sunday 10th May Well yesterday went well - with no ill effects, this could be a breeze thought.... how wrong could I be ….. this morning the urge to get on the rowing machine had diminished somewhat (and it's only day 2)! I really need to remember that this is a marathon not a sprint and go at a lower rate rather than go off like a rocket only to die in the middle 500m.... I kept going(which is good), my time from yesterday came down (which is also good) but to say I am cream crackered is an understatement!!!!! never mind as scarlett would say - tomorrow is another day Share
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