Run Day May - The first week.
Its amazing you know. When I set out to do this challenge, there were multiple factors as to why I wanted to do it, and the cause was one of them. An important one, but not the only one.
Having an 8 year old Boy, and now, a now 15 year old girl (Happy Birthday for the other day Jemma!), I felt it was important to set an example of what you can achieve if you really put your heart, body and soul behind it, no matter how daunting the task may be. The bonus with this was obviously the fitness benefits, but also the chance to educate my little legend (Cooper) on what should be acceptable in society, and what isn't. To show Jemma that what she has gone through in the past isn't the norm, and that people out there really care about others. In my opinion, It's our role as parents to provide these lessons, and if everyone does, the world will be a much better place!
The idea of ripping through 200kms in a month, when I have not bothered to excercise for the best part of 2 years (Aside for some rounds of Disc Golf!) seemed daunting enough! I have done something similar in the past (Ended up completing a 32km walk and a total of 160kms for the month of may in the original Run Day may) so I believe if I put my mind to it, I'm more than capable of achieving it. What a lesson to be able to pass onto the next generation!
The first 6 days, has been a little bit of a challenge. I have managed to knock off the equivalent of a marathon as of today, which is a little milestone I'm already proud of. I set a program to get me to the 42 kms on the 28th which was a steady progression of kms before the big one. First 3 days, 3 kms, next 3, 4 kms on so on until we hit 200 with the final marathon getting me across the line. To have doubled those KM's in the first 6 days is a really good base to begin with. It's been a lot of early mornings, I'm constantly tired as a result, but getting up and not being tired throughout the day is getting easier every day. If I keep going at this rate, I reckon ill feel like a teenager again before the big walk, but I'm sure ill feel 60 once I have completed it!
I have been invigorated by the support that I have received also. To smash through the $500 fundraising target inside the first couple of hours of going live with the challenge really fuelled the fire to get going, and keep going on this journey. To all of you who have donated, my heartfelt thank you!
I have mentioned my Son and Daughter on a couple of occassions through this, but what I have done, not intentionally, but it has still happened regardless, is I have neglected the absolute love of my life, my wife Michelle. She has been and will continue to not get the same amount of "Us Time" that we both enjoy, she is my best mate, and the hours we spend together have been negatively impacted by this challenge. But she has been nothing but supportive about it, and Ill be doing my utmost to ensure she has a magnificent mothers day to try and make up for it!
The attached picture gives you all an update on where I am at in the challenge. Quick Snapshot, 42kms, 7 hours of walking in 6 days. Including a special little one with my Cooper Trooper last night. Have a feeling one day he is going to be having a crack at challenges like these himself in years to come!
Thanks again to everyone who has reached out, and donated. I appreciate you all! 22 Days to go....lets get at it!