Is there no end to the Madness?

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you're long-time readers of this blog, you'll know that I am one lazy-assed woman. I hate mornings, I don't like sweating or anything energetic and as for running...well, running is an evolutionary response to charging mammoths and we don't see many mammoths round Norwich, do we?


Well, things started to change when Dave took me out on the bike. You may remember what a shambles that was? I turned to my exercise DVDs to get me moving, with some success. At least, I was able to get to the pub and back without dying...or feeling like I was about to keel over. And then I got a bike of my very own and the winter hit. I don't do wet and I don't do cold. Simple as that. No, I don't care if it's really bright...well, alright then...just a small ride.

In a vulnerable moment, my manager caught me and said "you are going to do the Norwich Half-Marathon in November, aren't you?"

People I don't know what the hell happened.

Dave hasn't stopped laughing.

I believe he's figured out my personality failing: if someone says I can't do something...I have to do it. Even if it's not in my best interests. Hell, especially if it's not in my best interests. 

When in doubt, go shopping. It's a rule of mine that works pretty well. Shopping for proper fitness clothes on a budget is a bit of a challenge, let me tell you. I've done pretty well so far, but even so it's stretched me somewhat. I'm not dressing to impress. People who run/cycle will spot me and go "all gear, no frigging idea." I'm dressing to be safe, comfortable and warm/cool* (*delete as appropriate). Tonight, I ventured into another sports store to find a light florescent running jacket that's going to be wind and rain proof.

You see I've signed up to do the Sports Relief Mile. Dave rightly pointed out that the Half-Marathon is only 40 weeks away. Oh, you think that's ages away? Hah. You forget I've given birth. I know the fallacy of that thinking. I'll start with the Sports Relief Mile and then aim for the Park Run 5k and then when I've cracked that I'll start training for 10k. 

First things first. 

The mile. 

Yesterday, I took my shoes for their second outing ever. I discovered that jogging/running slow is knackering and tedious. I liked the sprinting for short distances. I also get cold. Even when running.

I've got the App. It's called Zombies, Run! and it's awesome fun. It integrates proper training with a zombie apocalypse storyline. It tells me I will be running 5k in 8 weeks. I think it's dreaming, but there you go.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the proper shoes, the gear, the technology and now I can't put it off any longer...I have to run. 

Tomorrow morning, I will be watching this video. How about this for sheer, cast-iron determination?

Oh you can also sponsor me, if you like? 


  1. I think you should get some advice from some other marathon runners for your first time. I also think that you could be on to something you really like. I will even go so far as to say that I think this could be life changing for you and you need to keep at it! Train, girl! Don't let me down! hahah!

    1. I've got more advice about running a marathon than you can shake a stick at. It mostly scares me.

      As for life changing, I'm still surprised...shocked even that I'm considering this.

      I will do my absolute best to dig deep. Though right now, looking out at the dark morning...I'm petrified.

    2. Oh, I forgot: xxxxx


    3. Do you remember Moi from our Blogging days? Rena, she's friends with Ande and Jenny and me....she's a runner, maybe reach out to her, she's a great, fair minded person to talk to. She's doing a triathalon for the first time soon. There's nothing to be scared of, just do it!

    4. I do remember Moi. I didn't know she's a runner. I'll certainly give her a shout if I get totally stuck. Though to be honest, I am surrounded by incredibly experienced marathon runners.

      The problem is more that they are incredibly experienced. They don't really remember what it's like at this stage (I totally understand why they wouldn't want to remember. This stage sucks).

      I will keep going, don't you worry!

  2. EXACTLY what she said. And anudda thing...I knew there was a reason why you and I were so sympatico...and I quote "I believe he's figured out my personality failing: if someone says I can't do something...I have to do it. Even if it's not in my best interests. Hell, especially if it's not in my best interests." That would be the thing. And that is why you will own this like a madwoman.

    1. Ms FirstNations, I want to hug you so much right now.

      You are absolutely right. I will own this like a madwoman!

  3. Anonymous10:49 pm

    ... will include you in my prayer.

  4. Be my Valentine!


  5. Hey Roses. I salute you. You're mad. If the good lord had meant us to run, those Zombies would be real. Be told. Roth x


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