MNDAD@70

#MNDAD@70 Update 2

I always knew that finding 70 raffles for the #MNDAD@70 was going to be a big ask, especially when I added a time limit of a year to the challenge. (If you are not sure what #MNDAD@70 read about it here)

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What’s happened in #MNDAD@70 so far?

So far I have managed a total of 31 different raffles and raised just over £800 for Motor Neurone Disease Association. (If you don’t know why I raise money for this charity, please read here.)

I have been reflecting on #MNDAD@70 of late and realised that I have put an end date for the challenge of 30/1/20 so that it was completed in one year, but why? Well, yes it was to celebrate what should have been my dad’s 70th year, but really does it have to have a time limit? I am now thinking NO!

Why take on #MNDAD@70?

Another reason for taking on the #MNDAD@70 challenge was to raise as much money for the MNDA. There is still NO cure for this horrible disease! People are still being diagnosed with this death trap of a disease, so the more money and awareness I can raise, the better. The awareness and the money could make the difference. So I set out to do 70 raffles and that is exactly what I am going to do. Regardless of how long it takes me to do it.

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How can you get involved?

I have been overwhelmed by the number of people that have repeatedly got involved and donated to #MNDAD@70. I appreciate that not all the raffle prizes are going to appeal to everyone, and not everyone has the funds to keep donating, but you can still get involved.

Please keep sharing the raffles and #MNDAD@70 content. Your connections may want to enter, or you may just remind someone to enter. If you have got involved or won something, please share using the #MNDAD70 and tag me in too.

More people that are aware and following/using the #MNDAD70, the more likely companies are to get involved, providing some more amazing prizes. You see lots of people offering things on social media, but your not always sure that they can be trusted. So winners, please share. I really think it will help people trust this challenge if they see winning prizes.

If you have any ideas of how to promote the challenge more, suggestions for prizes, or any words of wisdom, please feel free to contact me, or add a comment below.

Dennis Murphy (My dad!)

NO FINISH LINE UNTIL THERE IS A CURE

RUNMND EST.2014

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It’s been a while since I last blogged, but as it’s half term, so I thought I’d post! If you follow me on social media, you will have seen the hashtag #MNDAD70, and hopefully you will know what it is about. But just in case this blog reaches people that are not following me, let me explain.

So my dad died in 2010 of Motor Neurone Disease. – for those that are not sure what this is, if I said Ice Bucket Challenge or Stephen Hawkins, you probably have heard of it at some point. It is the most horrendous disease that attacks the motor neurones.

I still find it heart breaking that there is no cure. I remember my dad taking part in trials to help find a cure, yet we are 9 years on from his death and people are still being diagnosed with this, knowing that they will never be cured!

January 30th 2019, should have been my fathers 70th birthday, so I had this crazy idea that to celebrate his life and raise funds and awareness, in hope that one day a cure would be found, I would try to run 70 raffles throughout the year.

I have been fundraising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association ever since my dad died, but I didn’t want to just ask people for money again, so I thought I would run raffles, so donators had a chance of getting something from it. I have been fortunate that Runr, Run Mummy Run, Hygge Bands, Sports Direct Running, Proviz, Halo headbands, Pepper Jar Creations, and Time 4 Nutrition have all donated prizes so far.

SEVENTY is a massive number, and I know that it is going to be hard work to get that many prizes, but I will keep going, just like my dad did. I would love to see a cure in my lifetime, and know that I played a little part in helping, but mostly to know that anyone who is diagnosed has a chance to fight and be cured.

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My #flashbackfriday has to be a photo of my last holiday with my dad – a week before he died of #MND . I have had many new followers recently, so I thought I’d share my reason for getting into running. . I played basketball for many years, so I always ran to keep fit for my sport. . In 2009, my dad was diagnosed with #motorneuronedisease on the 9th Nov – I’ll never forget as it was my birthday! . I had read a bit about it, but didn’t know what to expect really. My dad deteriorated pretty rapidly, he lost his ability to walk, and talk, but never lost his smile and kind ways. . My dad died 8 months after being diagnosed, and as hard as it is for all of my family and friends, it was the best thing for him. This disease is so cruel and the less he had to suffer the better. . There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t miss him. He missed my wedding, meeting my little girl and being her granddad! . I had run a half marathon when my dad was alive, but promised him I would run a 16 mile race to raise money for #MNDA . I didn’t make the 16 mile run as I fell pregnant, but I knew I wanted to raise money and keep my promise to my dad. . I finally ran @londonmarathon in 2014 and raised money. It was there that I became part of the amazing @run.mnd group. . All have been touched by #MND and run to raise money and awareness for #MNDA . June is #mndawareness month, and we will all keeping ruining in hope that one day there will be a cure for this horrendous disease. . #nofinishlineuntilthereisacure #runmnd #mnda #runnersofinstagram #runstagram #mydad❤️ #Run #runners #instarunners #runmummyrun #ukrunchat #mndawarenessmonth

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Even if the prize that is offered doesn’t interest you, please spread the word about the raffles, as the more people that know about it, that’s more people that are aware of MNDA, and potentially more money raised.

If anyone is aware of any businesses that may be able to donate prizes to my 70, please comment below, or email.

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Race Recap – Kingston Breakfast Run

So my final 20-miler of this London Marathon training cycle, coincided nicely with the Kingston Breakfast Run 20 mile event, and as I was staying in the London area the same weekend, it seemed rude not to enter! The event is organised Human Race, and as with all of their events, this one did not disappoint!

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Date: Sunday 3rd April 2016

Time: 8am start. Yes it is an early start,  and forcing porridge down you at 6am isn’t pleasant, but it is nice that the run doesn’t take up your whole day!

Weather: Warm, sunny, with a slight breeze. After the wind and rain of last week, this was lovely.

Course: This course is a fast flat, looped course. One loop is from Kingston Bridge to Hampton Court Bridge and in total is around 8 miles. The event hosts and 8 mile (1 lap) 16 mile (2 laps) and 20 miles (2 and a bit laps) You run along the River Thames and it really is pretty, especially when the sun is shining. There are some supporters around the start/finish, but very few on the actual course. There are plenty of marshals and they are very supportive and encouraging. There were frequent water stations, 2 which had SIS gels available (shown below). I didn’t use the baggage area, but have done in the past and was easy and efficient. There are toilets near the toilets, but with 15 minutes to go before the start of the race, the queue was huge. The 8 and 16 mile races started 30 minutes later, and I’m sure it was a lot of these runners in the queue. They really could have waited or let us 20 milers sneak in ahead. There is a toilet on the route, but once I have started I am very reluctant to stop!

The website says that they have pacers from 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12 min/miles, but they were very hard to spot, as they had red t-shirts on, but nothing written on the back and no flag. I just stumbled upon the 11min/mile pace around mile 2, but I was running 10:30 pace. I went past him, but he caught me up around mile 20, and again I averaged 10:32 pace, so if you had planned to stick at 11 min/mile pace and kept with him, you would have worked a little bit harder than you wanted too.

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My race: I felt quite nervous about this race. I’m not totally sure why, as I ran 20 miles only 2 weeks ago, but I was worried as this was my last attempt and what if it all went wrong! London is only 3 weeks away and I really wanted this to be a confidence builder. Even though I was running this race on my own, I met up with some of the lovely RMR and UK Run Chat communities before the start. I also met one of my fellow RunMND runners, which was such a great surprise; she even stayed around at the end to see me 🙂 Thanks Maxine

I spent most of the early miles making myself slow down. I really didn’t want to start too fast, as I knew that it would hurt at the end of the run, AND more importantly it would make me worry about my ability to pace myself sensibly at London. I was pleased when the mile pace clocked 10:18 and 10:47 for mile 1 & 2. Around 2 miles, I  linked with a group of people and we chatted away about marathons and training. I ended up staying with one man from this group for the entire race. It so good when you run with new people, and you know that you both helped each other going!

I practiced my nutrition strategy, changing it slightly from my last 20 miler. I still had  a torq gel at 3 miles, but then extended it to every 4 miles. I missed my mile 19 gel as it didn’t seem worth it, but will take one at 19, and 23 miles too on marathon day. Around mile 19, I started to feel a little tired and was ready for it to be over, but really pleasing was that my final 3 miles got progressively quicker, and my final mile was 10:19 pace 🙂

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Lesson learned: I need to get to races earlier, this was a little too close for comfort, and did mean that I started the race needing a wee! Good pacing makes running a lot nicer. I need to stop making stupid faces when I see a photographer, otherwise I get silly pictures like this!

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Pros:

  • Running 20 miles as part of an event is much better than on your own.IMG_9188
  • Great awareness for MNDA, as the official photography took a picture of me and a team-mate, fully MNDA kitted out.
  • The marshals were brilliant, and very supportive.
  • The photographers got lots of picture due to the smaller field, and they did not cost too much!

Cons

  • Toilets – there can never be too many toilets
  • Pacers – they were not easy to spot, and I’m not totally sure they stuck to their prescribed pace.

All in all, it was a confidence booster, and now it’s taper time!!

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If you would like to donate funds to support MNDA you can do here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/ruthwebb10

 

Cardiff Half Marathon Race T-Shirt & Medal

IAAF Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships.

When it was announced that there was a masses race on as part of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, I signed up quickly. Who doesn’t want to run in the World Championships!!?? So, here’s what I thought about them:

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Date: Saturday 26th March 2016. When I originally booked this race, I didn’t actually realise it was Easter weekend, and I know I wasn’t the only one that kept thinking it was on the Sunday! It’s seems weird running on a Saturday!

Time: 2:10pm. Most races take place in the morning, so I felt a little bit lost all morning. I kept worrying I had got the time wrong and was missing it all. I always find it difficult to know what to eat when it is a later start too. I had breakfast, but then only managed to have a banana an hour before we started, which was not ideal.

Weather: Hideous! The day before had been gorgeous, but #StormKatie decided that she wanted in on the World Championships too. The rain started at the same time as the women’s race! The sideways rain, hail and gale force winds really kicked in just after mile 4 for me, which was just as I was going across the Cardiff Bay barrage, so we were totally exposed and it hurt when it hit my face. The wind was pushing me sideways and it was hard work!

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Course: The course was fairly flat, and mostly on tarmac. The short sharp hill just after mile 12 was a bit of a shock, but the downhill stretch between mile 11 and 12 was a welcome break. I think the course would have been really pretty had the weather been better. The start had the Cardiff castle as a back drop, the lovely Cardiff Bay area, running past the Millennium Centre and finishing around lakeside would have been lovely on a sunny day! There were water stations every 3 miles, they did get crowded, and I’m sure that I saw some stations were handing out High 5 gels, but I didn’t use any of these as I had my torq gels.

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My race: I felt quite nervous about this race, as Silverstone had felt so hard and I hadn’t really enjoyed it. I had enjoyed my 20 mile run the following week though, so really didn’t know what to expect from this one. It is becoming tradition to not sleep well the night before and this was no exception. I had thought with the late start, I could have enjoyed a lay in too – no such luck. Before the race, my race plan was to run a lot of the race at marathon pace, so I was thinking around 10:20 – 10:30 pace. When I clocked the first mile at 9:42, I could feel myself getting annoyed and I tried to slow down, yet still clocked a 9:42 for the 2nd mile too! My lack of pacing was stressing me, so I decided to stop looking at my watch, and then when the horrendous weather started at mile 4, I just wanted to get the race over and done with, so all pacing went out the window. Every inch of me was soaked through, and my wet trainers did make me feel as though I lifting weights with every step. Around mile 9, I had a little dark patch, where I just wanted it to be over, but the support around Lakeside was amazing and really kept me going. Considering the weather, the volunteers and roadside support was amazing. My name was shouted so many times, and there was music being played, people offering jelly babies etc. The final stretch was quite crowded, but I still managed to up my speed to cross the line. After finishing we were given our medal, t-shirt, water, High 5 Gel and a banana.  I finished in 2:08: 32, which is what it is. I’m not really happy or disappointed with it.

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Lesson learned: I really need to learn my marathon pace. Starting too quickly at London will be a disaster. Also, I think I need to take a packed lunch with me, as I am sure I would have performed better had I got my nutrition better pre race.

Pros

  • I took part in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
  • Flat course.
  • Amazing support and event organisation.
  • Lovely medal and T-shirt.

Cons

  • Weather – I know the event organisers can’t do anything about this, but …
  • Start time – I know this was probably because of tv broadcasting across the globe, but I personally find an afternoon start difficult.
  • Expensive race photos.

As always I ran in my MNDA vest, raising awareness and running for my dad.

If you would like to donate funds to support MNDA you can do here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/ruthwebb10

Anyone else run in Cardiff? Also, what do you think of my new race recap layout? Have a missed any information that you would like adding? Please comment below and let me know what you think.

#VMLM2016 training – Week 12

Monday – Mile repeats at club. My legs were heavy from the weekends 20 miles, so these were completed at a steady pace, and to be honest the pace slowed considerably as the reps progressed.

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Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 8 miles steady run. I still felt the miles in my legs, and I constantly remind myself that I am training on tired legs. The run felt quite tough, but when finished I realised that  we had pushed the pace quite a bit, so I was happy with it.

Thursday – Drills at club. Lots of our club are running the local 10K on Easter Monday, so this was a light session. We completed some running drills, squats and light running. Probably just what I needed and lots of fun. I also had the best post delivery today too.

Friday – Rest – travelled to Cardiff Expo to collect my running number.

Saturday – IAAF Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships 🙂 It was amazing, and a full race report will be posted very soon.

Sunday – Rest.

Anyone else #runtheworlds ?

Winner of the Proviz jacket……

Just in case there is anyone that isn’t following me on Twitter or Facebook – you can here and here 🙂 The winner of the Proviz jacket is……….. Chris Maple. Thanks to everyone that entered. I’m still working hard to try and secure some more prizes for more competitions very soon.

If you would still like to donate www.virginmoneygiving.com/ruthwebb10