Time to pause

It`s amazing how we forget to do this. Being a busy working mum that runs and coaches means one day rolls into the next and before I know it another week has passed. Ironic as when I was pregnant each day seemed to last forever and 9 months a lifetime……..a bit like a run sometimes! So for this weeks blog I thought I`d try and take a pause to see just what I`ve managed to achieve so far.

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Coming up with the idea on how the challenge was going to work has taken a little while, I knew I definitely wanted it to be running related but bigger then running a race for sponsorship money. I did originally look to see if I could do 245 miles myself…….totally nuts obviously!! Running every day for 245 days? I can`t even fit a walk in sometimes so that probably wasn`t going to work. Then I got to thinking about how I got through my HG pregnancy and realised that I definitely needed to do something with Jeremy, after all not only did he get me through this but he had his own journey. So we ended up with our current challenge of 245 miles together in 9 months.

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Next we looked for our races. We had some we knew we definitely wanted to do but these didn’t make enough miles. Trying to find races that were local (to reduce travel costs) and didn`t clash with other races was hard. I wanted to stick mostly to 10K’s as I need relatively little recovery time for these so we`ve allowed 3 half marathons and the rest are 10K’s. We also needed to consider not picking too many races that are difficult to get into….like the Cambridge Half Marathon, because it`s added pressure, I kid you not we all sit with our phones 5 minutes before the registration opens and frantically type details once it`s open. Only fellow runners will understand this madness. We also didn’t want to choose races with ridiculous entry fees. The plan has been to ask for race sponsorship to cover our entry fees, for 2 reasons. Firstly it`s a great way of spreading our message even further, those businesses have their own followers, and secondly if you add up both of us race fees it equates to quite a bit of money, far more than we would usually spend on races. Anyway, my little race spreadsheet was born.

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I`ve set my fundraising page up! Definitely the quickest of tasks I`ve completed so far, it`s so easy to do. I haven`t however published it out far and wide yet, why? I`m planning a big launch of it in January involving Parkrun and Newmarket Joggers……watch this space!

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And finally I`ve started to gather sponsorship, this is definitely the hardest of all the tasks to date. I hate asking anyone for money for anything, good cause or not! Plus, and this will come as a shock to people that think they know me, I`m actually relatively shy when faced with new people and new situations. If I`m coaching or at work it`s easy as you can adopt a persona, but putting myself out there and facing potential rejection brings about anxiety like no other. I have 2 fantastic sponsors so far and have approached a few others so fingers crossed we get there. I have to just keep the faith, and please please please if anyone can help get in touch (imp21@hotmail.com)

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From a planning point of view all that is left is to actually book the races! So all in all, even if I do say so myself, I`ve managed to make quite a bit of progress despite often feeling as if I haven’t. Taking time to pause is important, I`m completely guilty of always looking to the next things and forgetting that I`ve already got somewhere. Even though it was World Mental Health Day yesterday I`m saving my mental health focussed blog for another time; it`s great to have a day dedicated to it but it`s something we should be mindful of all the time. Plus unfortunately it will be another loooong blog and I wanted to take a pause point this week. That and Leonie is busy with the IHG Conference so doesn`t have time for a long emotional blog to read

Karen Lodge