There is under two weeks to go before I embark on the Great Eastern Run. I wasn’t sure how I was going to cope with the training and fitting in all the runs hasn’t been easy… but It’s strangely addictive and I’ve actually enjoyed it (although you wouldn’t have thought it from this picture taken during the early part of my training!).
I’ve had these trainers for many years and I knew they’d seen better days, but to be honest, I hadn’t done a huge amount of running in them so I thought (maybe) they’d still be ok. I went to Advance Performance to get the trainers checked out, just to make sure I wouldn’t do myself any damage. The store expert looked at them and laughed. “Have you been running in these?”, he said. It’s safe to say they were waaaay past their best and as I hadn’t done a very long run at this point it was time to change. So, I got myself a new pair and got ready for my next 10 miler.
I started listening to music when I was running but have recently replaced that with listening to podcasts. I mainly listen to the Rich Roll Podcast as he has interesting conversations with extremely inspirational people. I find myself getting so immersed in the conversation, I zone out and don’t think too much about the discomfort of the running or the distance I’ve covered.
If you haven’t heard of Rich Roll, he has an inspirational story himself. On the verge of a heart attack on the eve of his 40th birthday he turned his life around and became an Ultra Marathon athlete. In May 2010, Rich and his ultra-colleague Jason Lester accomplished an unprecedented feat of staggering endurance called the EPIC5 CHALLENGE– completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Although I can’t see myself following in the footsteps of Rich Roll, I do think this experience has given me an appreciation of running that I didn’t have before.
After going entirely plant-based over 4 years ago I was intrigued to see how my recovery would be. I’d heard a lot of plant based athletes talk about how their post-exercise recovery times improved, so I was intrigued to see how I’d fare and have been really pleased with the results.
I’ve stated from the beginning that my finishing time wasn’t really important for me and completing the run in one piece was enough! However, over the last few weeks, I have been keeping an eye on my times and pace… I’m clearly not going to break any records but I set myself a target of 2 hours when I entered and I’m going to try to keep to that target. Fingers crossed!
I’ve attached pictures of some of my longer training runs and my pace has improved since I started. My last long run was a few seconds short on pace from the previous week but I did have a slight knee niggle which made it a bit more uncomfortable. My last long run was 10.1 miles at a pace of 9:17 /mile. If I manage to keep to that pace I’ll come in at around 2 hours which would be amazing!
Why the Young Persons Counselling Service?
September was Suicide Awareness month and the Young Persons Counselling Service offer a valuable service in the treatment of mental illness. Most people don’t know that mental health problems start before the age of 14 and the NHS is unable to cope with the demand for treatment. Here are a few facts that might help you understand the importance of services such as YPCS.
Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5-19 years & second most common for girls of this age.
- Half of all mental illnesses begin before the age of 14.
- If untreated, mental health problems severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments as well as their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives.
- Children with mental disorders face major challenges with stigma, isolation and discrimination.
- In the UK, 1 in 10 children has a diagnosable mental health disorder.
- Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5-19 years and second most common for girls of this age.
- 1 in 12 young people self-harm at some point in their lives.
- 75% of children with a diagnosed mental health condition do not get access to the correct treatment.
- The average maximum waiting time for the 1st appointment with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is 6 months (nearly 10 months until treatment starts).
- CAMHS turns away 23% of children referred for treatment by concerned parents, GPs and teachers.
Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS) is a non-government funded charity offering free, one-to one confidential counselling to young people aged between 11-16 across Cambridgeshire, Rutland & South Lincolnshire.
Their counsellors are fully trained and qualified, a criterion that YPCS will not compromise. No one is turned away and referrals are accepted from concerned parents, health professionals or Young People requesting help.
Relying on charitable donations and organised fund-raising events, last year YPCS supported 158 children and worried parents.
I still need your help!
Hopefully, you can understand the importance of the service YPCS provide. My fundraising is going ok… I’m at 39% of my overall target (£423 of £1080). It would be amazing to reach my target but with a little under 2 weeks to go, I’d be happy to get to at least the 50% mark.
If you can spare a little to help me reach my target I would be immensely grateful – here is the link to my Just Giving page.
Thank you and good luck to other runners taking part.
See you soon!