Did this Half Marathon on Sunday as part of my training for the Tiberias Marathon which is the test run for the London 2012 one. Must sound like I am a complete running nutter (which I would like to think of myself I am not), so I have to explain: the Tiberias is my first marathon ever and I am so scared of it, that I am following this specific training plan religiously. Per plan I had to race a half that weekend and the only race in Europe was the Calvia one on Mallorca. That’s why I did it, right? Not because I am mad, ok? And with a time of 1:47 I did it far better than expected. There is hope.
Got my first company sponsorship this morning. The story: lost my bicycle rear light, so stopped on my way to work at my favourite bicycle shop to a get new one. Turned out that the guys there are not only keen cyclists, but also interested in running which led to marathons, barefoot running and fundraising. At the end I walked out of the shop with one of these cool water resistant rear lights, with flexible silicone body and super easy to fit. But instead of paying them, the £25 went to my fundraising pot for the NSPCC. I am thrilled. So, if you live in London and come by Old Street round about, just give them a visit. They also have a JuiceBar and serve excellent coffee, so its worth visiting even if you don’t cycle. Here is their webpage: cyclelab.co.uk
Stollen is a very sweet and traditional German Christmas cake thingy. I took some mini versions of them to work (and some nice Hanuta Wafers, which is a fond childhood memory of mine). Next to them a cup for donations. The deal: £20 in the cup by the point the last Mini-Stollen and Hanuta is gone and following week my work will see a proper 1kg Stollen. They did it and my fund raising barometer rose an other £21.66! Cool.
Thanks everyone for an encouraging start with the fund raising. Within the first 5 days (and without harassing anyone) 5 guys of you donated and gave the fund raising an amazing kick start of 7% of the total sum (£141.20 of the £2,000). It made my 2hours 20min training run that weekend so much easier. Thanks again, you are the best!