In just over 11 weeks I will be running the Simplyhealth Great North Run Half Marathon here in Newcastle upon Tyne to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.
Parkinson’s UK have given me permission to use their images as part of this fundraising campaign.
I started my training for the event a few weeks back and began with a 40 minute run, and have now worked my way up to a 60 minute run. The next step (or many steps!) will be to increase this to a 90 minute run, as it could take me up to twice this amount of time on the big day!
Before starting this new running schedule, I worked on gaining strength by lifting weights (such as kettle bells and dumbbells) a few times a week. I find resistance training to be a fantastic way of building stamina and strength in order to get through the event. Along with the weights and running, yoga and stretching is another really important part of my daily exercise routine.
This half marathon will be the second one I have entered, and my first here in the UK. The first was in Albuquerque, USA, back in May of 2015. Prior to that I had run a 10K and several 5K events. Running regularly is something I began back in August of 2014, so I am still quite a newbie and will be celebrating three years of running just one month before the race!
I am really looking forward to this event and would like to thank you all for your generous donations – so far I have raised 89% of my goal amount.
You can follow my progress, training updates, and fundraising on my Just Giving webpage.
Thanks and speak with you all again soon,