A few weeks ago I had what can only be described as a mid twenties crisis. I'd got all inspired reading blogs from people who had quit the rat race and taken on some amazing challenges, creating world records, breaking world records and visiting some amazing places in the process. I wasn't quite prepared to just quit my job and take off, but it started the cogs turning.
There's a few things you should know about me. 1) I'm highly competitive. 2) I'm very stubborn. 3) I love a challenge. I'm also in love with the thought of running. Unfortunately thought doesn't convert into ability, but it does create a perfect starting point for a challenge. Yet to enter a running race, I'm unsure if I can even run round round the block without dramatically claiming i'm going to die and spending the next 5 minutes trying to learn to breathe again. If I'm going to do this, I'm going to do it properly. ChallengeTwelve. One challenge every month for the next twelve months. I've tried to plan it so I have some big (and when I say big, I mean big) ones, interspersed with some smaller ones. I'm also going to fund raise during the 12 months for some charities close to my heart, with the majority of the money going to Alzheimers Society. I'm setting a target of £1000. I'm not sure if this is achievable but it creates a purpose to the challenges and I hope will keep me going when the going gets tough.
So without further ado, here is ChallengeTwelve:
Challenge One: Northampton Lift Abseil (127m)
Challenge Two: Battersea Park Runthrough (5km)
Challenge Three: Channel Pool Swim (22 miles)
Challenge Four: Olympic Park Velodrome Runthrough (5km)
Challenge Five: Olympic Park Christmas Runthrough (5km)
Challenge Six: Sport Relief Run (5km)
Challenge Seven: Isle of Wight Ultra Marathon (106km)
Challenge Eight: Edinburgh Half Marathon (21km)
Challenge Nine: London 2 Cambridge Ultra Marathon (100km)
Challenge Ten: Thames Path Ultra Marathon (50km)
Challenge Eleven: Swim Serpentine open water swim (1.6km)
Challenge Twelve: Inflatable Run (5km)