Dave writes: The tough winter months have kicked in for Tim! He needs all our support- and our sponsorship too!!
“I think this is the month when reality set in! After feeling super positive at the end of October, I got into the mindset that increasing the distance I could run was the most important goal. So I ran 13k on 6th November – all good. But on 13th November, during a 15k run, I experienced a sharp pain in my calf muscle at 13k. I stopped and walked for a bit, but was too far from home to walk back so I carried on running at a slower pace. I finished at 16k, but had employ remedial action on my leg – out came the peas from the freezer, and the house started to smell of deep heat! Since then I have been really sensitive about my calf muscles, to the extent that I went to see my physio again yesterday. He emphasised the importance of continuing to do strength & conditioning exercises and limiting the amount of running I’m doing to two sessions a week. Apparently my calves are just weak, so I need to focus on making them strong before I expect them to do 8,500 steps every 10k!
With all that said, and because I had a lingering grotty cold, I did no exercise during the middle of November. So I was feeling a bit apprehensive about the 10k that I had booked to do in Thetford Forest at the end of the month. It turned out to be a really tough experience, but thoroughly enjoyable (that is a genuine smile in the photo above!). I managed to complete the course in 55m 15s which was a bit slower than I had hoped, but I learned a lot about how not to prepare (no to curry, yes to running shoes!) and about how to respond in an organised race, rather than just running on my own. It was a bit of a warning against complacency, which will spur me on into the cold, dark winter months – so just what I needed. And I’m excited to have signed up for the Silverstone half marathon in March, to get a bit more experience in preparing for the main event on 23 April.
Training in December is likely to be somewhat disrupted, with so much focus on family and festivities. It’s at this time of year that Education Exchange’s support to the Children’s Home and Rescue Centre in Mwatate seems particularly relevant. The Home is a voluntary charitable institution which has over 30 orphaned and vulnerable children in its care, aged from 3 to 18 years. It also runs outreach to support vulnerable children living at home. It has no government funding: all funds come from local well-wishers and supporters, which is why Education Exchange is involved and why I’m running! All the money raised through your sponsorship will go to help secure the safety, wellbeing and development of the children at the orphanage. For example, £10 pays the monthly internet cost at the Home, £20 keeps orphan Victoria at school for a month, £50 buys seeds & fertiliser to grow vegetables, and £100 pays a month’s wages for the Home Manager.
Many, many thanks to those who have already sponsored me. And if you haven’t yet got round to it, don’t delay! Here’s the link to donate: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/educationexchange
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.”
Distance this month run: 66k
Funds raised to date: £1240