I'm doing the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 1st October. That's 13.1 miles (21.1km).
I'm not fast. In fact I'm pretty slow. I've not been able to train or prepare as much as I would have liked. It won't be easy. It will hurt and I will be sore for a few days after, if you see me limping on the school yard you'll know why.
So why am I putting myself through it?
I like running. I like walking. I enjoy it, it's good for my health, physically and mentally. I've been looking after the kids, preparing food and giving other people lifts so they can exercise, run, and spend time in the gym for long enough. I'm not ashamed that my primary motivation for doing this is purely selfish. I want that time too. The luxury of spending up to 3 hours alone, walking and running in beautiful Welsh countryside, getting back to a long hot bath, eating good food and recovering for the evening with a glass of wine. Guilt free.
Of course it's rarely worked out like that. Since completing my application form in March I've been pretty busy being a Mum, working, negotiating co-parenting, working, evicting an ex, being a Mum, working, having back and ankle issues, starting a new relationship, working, being a Mum, having the boiler replaced and other house renovation work... Oh and running the odd 5k along the Taff trail.
I'm doing it for me, because I can and I'm really excited about it.
If you would like to support me, please donate to Bangla Cymru
The Pontypridd based charity is run by Wil Morus Jones, there is no Just Giving or other online sponsorship form because every single penny goes directly to helping people in Bangladesh with facial disfigurement and burn injuries. To date they have helped 1,211 people. You can read the full story here.
Every £120 raised = one more operation paid for.
So if 12 of you sponsor me £10 for running a half marathon, we change one person's whole life for the better.
There aren't many charities around who can guarantee that kind of return.
Use the Paypal Donate button on the website or you can give me the cash and I'll call round and give it to Wil! Please let me know if you have donated so I can keep a track on how much was raised.