Going The Distance

I couldn’t help myself with the Disney Hercules reference. I may be twenty but Toni and I still belt out those songs in public if we so wish to!   But once again, I’m talking about something that really has nothing to do with the 284926_254795987864192_6383610_ntopic that I wanted to actually write about. But I suppose my followers are getting use to that by now.

Did I ever tell any of you that I used to run long distance? Yeah, really, Miss Hater Of Almost All Exercise used to run long distance. Now I’ll admit I’m talking 1,500 meters on Sports’ Day at Secondary School, and outside school I didn’t have that much motivation to go out a run. But every now and again I did, and you know what, I wasn’t bad at it.

However, since getting to Uni I’ve stopped pretty much all forms of physical exercising and become really, rather lazy. So with Spring now here I decided to try and do something about it and started jogging again. Not too far the first time, I did about a mile and then turned back, wheezing like someone about to throw up a lung the entire way. My stamina is not what it used to be and the next morning everything ached. It was enough to put me off running for a good while. Yet I’m refusing to give up this time and I decided that I needed something to work towards, something that would motivate me enough to keep putting one trainer in front of the other.


On the 28th June I’m going to be running in the Race For Life 10K at Tatton Park. It serves to purposes in giving me a reason to get out and run as often as I can and to also encourage me in supporting an organisation that helps others. For those of you who don’t work in kilometres, 10K is about 6 miles, which is about equal to running from my home to Brown Moss, around Brown Moss and then back to my home. Something I did a couple of years back when I was bored, and managed to complete in under two hours. (I don’t remember the exact timings.)

I set a fundraising target of £100 so that I have something other than my own contribution to spur me on. With my Grandmother already offering to sponsor me I have even more reason to make sure that I complete those 10K and I’m really looking forward to it. Even if I do ache from head to foot from using muscles that seemed quite happy to be left alone. Oh well. I’ll give them a day to rest and then it’s back to the hills of Bath for another jog. Wish me luck!

Oh, and here and some photos from my last jog/walk/desperately gasping for breath thingymajig. Apologies for the numerous pink smudges that are my finger. I was using my ipod to take the photos and keeping your grip steady while avoiding getting your finger in the photo is not easy.


  1. Congratulations on your re-commitment to jogging. A “race” goal is always a good motivator – not for speed but just for something to reward your preparation and commitment. I was very happy to see the lovely illustration of two girls – tell Antonia it’s been too long!! And gasping-for-breath pictures were great – especially the blue door.


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