As of 31st August 2016, me and the boy have ran the equivalent of 4 marathons and 100 miles in one month! I'm so elated that we completed the challenge. We didn't get off to the best of starts and along with us working full time - the boy having a physically demanding job, me being on call for a week, getting a chest infection and paying a visit to G-Meds; I think we did very well.
I learnt a lot about myself; the way I run, how far I can push myself past my mental barrier and the strength and endurance I never knew I had. How can you learn all that about yourself just by running I hear you ask? Well, that's a lot of time spent covering a lot of distance with only your own thoughts for company and you learn to motivate yourself in many different ways. Most of them involving the amount of food I think about consuming once I've finished.
I'm encouraged by the fact that 5k is now a minimum distance I run (my first ever 5k time was 45 minutes, now I can do one in 30 minutes!) and that I can always push myself that little bit more. Although I have done 10k's in the past, I've always been scared of doing them but having to cover that amount of miles a month really push you to increase your target each time.
You care less about how you look when you're in public and that you just care about reaching that last lap or your finishing post. I'm so glad I signed up for this challenge. I wouldn't have ran this much otherwise and I'm even more glad that me and the boy can share this together and without his encouragement, I honestly don't think I would have been able to complete it.
If you're looking for a new challenge or to improve your running then I thoroughly recommend Awesome Running Events. I'm not sponsored by them at all..I just love them! Looking at all the progress pictures makes you feel part of a small community all striving for the same goal and encourages you to lace up your kicks for a cheeky outdoor session on the tarmac.
I can't wait to submit our evidence and receive our bling in the post and show it off on my medal rack. I would definitely sign up for another month of running - after I have recovered from this month of course!