We registered, started fundraising, joined the "100 miles for the Mater facebook group" which was great for motivation, tips and to chat with others doing the challenge.
I was sorta managing, there were good days, however others were really horrific. I was in a heap and couldn't eat anything more exotic than toast. There is always a silver lining though, what girl doesn't love to lose half a stone!? (3.5kilos)
I had to take it slowly to start with. My blood pressure was very low after the infection and I really needed to build myself back up. I didn't mind that I couldn't run for the first week. I was happy enough to walk. I love the parks that I live near and am really lucky to have so many nice routes on my doorstep. I also walked to work and back, made arrangements to meet friends in coffee shops that would require me to walk some more. I met Tricia and Deborah on Tuesdays and Fridays for runs. Miles are miles however they just didn't seem to be clocking up. The days on the calendar were flying by but the miles were just not adding up. I was planning my miles around work, rest, nights out and the supermarket! Life has to go on and while it doesn't sound a lot, 100 miles over 28 days breaks down to 3.5 miles or 5.6 kilometers a day! It actually is hard to fit in on top of "life."
So the moral of the story is:
- Some challenges look easy on paper and you will sign up for them. Having a contingency plan in place is probably a good idea. Neither of us banked on being so sick.
- When you feel like stopping do one extra kilometer you will be glad of it at the end of the week when you tally up your miles.
- Do something for a good cause, for others no matter how small. It is easy to donate money to a fund, but actually achieving something, giving up your time and being part of a group makes it all the more special. There is comradeship , fun and safety in numbers.
About the Author:
Sinéad Kennedy is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Siromani and Pilates Instructor. She has recently qualified as a Personal Development Coach. Based in both Rathfarnham and Dundrum, South County Dublin. She treats and teaches people from all walks of life, including many athletes, especially cyclists, runners and golfers. Recently featured in the Irish Independent, FIT Magazine and Breaking News.ie her Yoga 4 Cyclists class has gained notoriety.
A keen cyclist and proud member of Orwell Wheelers she has completed numerous cycling events including The Alto de Letras, Les Cingles du Mont Ventoux & La Marmotte Sportive. She is an accomplished audax-er having done numerous 200km and 300km routes. Sinéad has also completed three Dublin City Marathons, numerous Adventure Races and Half Marathons.