Saul Bee and his TiT.

Do you ever get the feeling that you might have got a bit carried away?

I like a challenge but this time I think I may have gone too far. I have signed up for a TiT, 10 marathons in 10 days.

I didn’t have the energy to train properly last year, work took up so much time. I put a huge amount of pressure on myself only to feel like I let myself down with the last marathon I ran. This year I thought I would take it easy and just have a bit of fun with my running. I took a whole couple of months to run naked. I don’t mean with my tackle flapping about in time with my cadence, I haven’t lost it that badly yet. I mean running without my garmin. The first time I did that I had a cold sweat. I love data but I decided to take the pressure off myself and have no times to brood over.   This year I just wanted races to run with no stress.

I already made a boob, I signed up for the Steyning Stinger, a hilly trail marathon that I have now discovered is made up almost entirely of mud.  It seemed like a fun plan, no chance to chase PB’s no pressure but… I have been out on the route once and to say that it took a little longer than my average half is a massive understatement. This might not be as much fun as I first thought and I probably should have looked into it a little more. Still you live and learn.

Except in my case I don’t, which is why I now have the badly thought through adventure of a 10 in 10. OK so I know there are people who have run a marathon every day for a year or more but, really I am not sure how I got this into my head to do. I don’t even run everyday as things stand. The most I tend to do in a week is 5 days so this is getting way outside my comfort zone.

The whole process reminds me of the very first race I ever did, having never run before I signed up for a half marathon but, you’ve heard all this before, how I couldn’t make it 500 metres down the road and now look at me skipping round a half before breakfast. The real difference is that once I realised the scale of the challenge then, I could find a plentiful supply of beginners half marathon training plans online. Funnily enough there don’t seem to be any easily found training plans for a 10 in 10. Maybe it’s a little bit niche or perhaps, not enough people are stupid enough to do that to themselves, I really don’t know.

The other thing that this has in common with my first half is that it is going to be sponsored. I run a lot and when I talk to people at work they often ask who I am running for. It was particularly prevalent when I ran the London marathon last year so I have decided to give all those who ask the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is. I am not running for a huge charity but instead running for 2 local groups that I have some connection with in my working life. One is called ‘The Meeting Room’ which provides a space to help combat social isolation and homelessness and the other is ‘The Conservatory Club’ which helps with social isolation amongst those suffering from alzheimers. I arranged a deal where one charity will pass money onto the other through their online fundraising page.

Saul Bee for the meeting room

Expect more updates on this foolishness as the year progresses…

What’s that I hear you cry ‘where is the smallest dribble of folksy running wisdom in this ramble?’ I have a confession. There is none, instead I am going to ask for help, can anyone either give me some good tips on how to go about putting my body through this kind of insanity or, at least recommend a good psychiatrist. I am beginning to suspect I need one.

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