When I woke up this morning, I was pumped for the first day of my 21 marathons in 21 days in a wheelchair fundraiser in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
It was a new feeling to me. I had never turned up somewhere with such a focus on my face. I was determined to finish today as soon as I could.
Getting the first day over with meant I could get home early and rest up.
24 laps in my first hour, I was flying! I never covered this distance in training, so was I going to fast or did the extra rest over the snowy period help?
Going round the track 105 times you think a lot. For most of the day, I was on my own, so mentally it was challenging. Especially when a screw came out of my footplate.
It was 45 laps in when this happened, so the worry sunk in. What’s going to happen if we can’t fix it? Luckily we found the screw walking around the track, and off again I’d go.
Evan and Liam were there for me today and it massively helped. Checking on me every hour, I was made aware how far/fast I was going so the natural feeling was to judge everything I did.
I knew today was going to be tough and when I hit the 80th lap, the pain started. 25 laps to go and I was determined to finish. I wasn’t going to stop. I could feel blisters on my hands, but day 1 was nearly finished.
The last lap hurt. I was quick with adrenaline at first, but that quickly went away.
It doesn’t matter to me how long it takes me every day, as long as I make it across the finish line on the 105th time.
5 hours it took today.
I’m now resting these bad boys in preparation for tomorrow’s marathon. I’m due to start an hour later, so hopefully the extra rest will help.
Please do donate if you can. The donations will help the charity to finally find a cure for Crohn’s Disease.