BUPA Great South Run here i come…

29 Apr

Yes that’s right everyone, I’ve signed up to run the BUPA Great South Run on 28 October.  It’s 10 miles.  I think i’m crazy.  Let’s put that in perspective for all of you who run 10 miles before breakfast … i’ve only ever run about 7k consecutively in my whole entire life.  At school i would do pretty much anything to get out of PE lessons and here i am voluntarily strapping on trainers and pounding the pavements for 10 whole miles!  Eeek!

I decided i’m going to run in aid of a local cancer charity.  Read this post to see why.  I took this ‘hilarious’ picture of myself in my brightest work out gear (I promise i don’t go out like this everyday…yet) to go on my donations page.

I really needed a challenge and maybe it was because it was my birthday week or maybe it was being inspired by Skinny Runner running a gazillion miles in 9 days (seriously the girl is nuts but you so need to check out her blog to read about her man-up week if you haven’t already) but for one reason or another i decided to go for it.

But it doesn’t stop there – i am also putting together a relay team to run a Marathon in August with some colleagues from work (there’s no truth in the rumour i’m having it written into their annual appraisal objectives – for some reason that’s frowned upon at my work).  A friend and I are really hoping to take part in Cycletta later in the year in aid of Macmillan Cancer.  Cycletta is a women only cycling event for all abilities – there are a number of 40k rides up and down the UK.  I’m also participating in the 5K Race for Life next month for Cancer Research UK.  I’ll keep you updated on all of these and if anyone else is doing any of these then let me know.

I can only think its writing this blog and reading so many amazing other blogs by people like me that has given me the inspiration to find and sign up to these events.

The best bit is my wonderful, amazing husband bought me the Garmin Forerunner 305 for my birthday!!  Aaaahhhhhhhhh!  The eagle eyed of you will have spotted it in the photo above.  So he either listens to my constant “i wants” or he reads my blog!

Oh hello beautiful….

It’s already done two outings with me and i am in love with my husband my Garmin.

And finally…look how much Coco gives a monkey about my blog.  Apparently laps are for cats not for laptops.

Anyone else doing the Great South Run?  Anyone got an awesome 10 mile training plan they want to share?


7 Responses to “BUPA Great South Run here i come…”

  1. renaissancingme April 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    You’re going to have so much fun! Here’s a link to the training program I used to run my first half-marathon – maybe it will work for you, too:
    I used the Novice 1 plan: It was completely do-able, even being crazy busy. Good luck – and cute picture!

    • dawninwonderland April 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      Thank you that’s so kind – i’ve just had a look and the plan completely looks do-able (even for me) although i’m going to factor in quite a few extra weeks just to make sure!!

      • renaissancingme April 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

        Good luck! I look forward to your updates. 🙂

  2. Running the Classroom April 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Running blogs certainly will motivate a runner to sign up for events. You go girl!!!

  3. Tammy May 1, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Wow!! First of all, let me just say that I think it’s wonderful that you’re participating in events that support cancer research. I know this hits home for you, too, but you’re helping so many others and I find that so admirable. Secondly, that outfit rocks!! I wish you the best of luck in your training and I know you’re going to achieve every goal you set for yourself.

    • dawninwonderland May 1, 2012 at 7:38 am #

      thanks Tammy. I’m going to try my best to make everyone proud!!

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