Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Pieces of April

Today marks the start of April, a brand new month and the promise of a glorious Easter and four-day weekend. (I think we can all take a moment to appreciate just that).

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One of the best days of my life - setting off on a uplifting run in New Zealand
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There is something, which has been in the planning, pipeline for a long time now…  I am running the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 12th April and I couldn’t be more excited. I have pretty much wanted to take part in this race before I started running, I remember a few years ago getting caught in horrendous traffic and marvelling at the runners pounding the streets of Sheffield, nearing the then Don Valley Stadium.

In sight – I wanted to compete last year. I was so close. But the daunting reality of our wedding took over and it was just not possible with the time frame. I felt sad, really sad and a little lost on the day wondering if I could have made it there. 
But, I knew that there was a reason I couldn’t take part, the hunger was there and it wasn't going to go away. I was running this race in 2015. 

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As January rolled around – I made that split second decision. I signed up, and I was away. I have clocked up quite a series of distances. Hitting 100k in February was remarkable, but surpassing 150k in March has completely marvelled me. I have given this my all, my everything. 

12 Days away and I am genuinely looking forward to the prospect of blissfully running my heart out on the streets of my own city. I’ve chosen to run completely by myself on the day – which for once isn’t scary. I began my journey alone and figured running this race is what I know best. 

Finally, I am running on behalf of a very special cause. I have never, ever done anything like this before, but feel so humbled to be raising money through doing something I love for an incredible cause.
Amy’s Retreat work with families who are dealing with children with cancer. They are a truly admirable cause. You can visit my Just Giving page, if you would like to donate or find out more.

All your support, is forever appreciated.
This race means a lot to me, running is a part of me and I don't think I could ever be more grateful for discovering a whole new life through it.
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3 comments

  1. Wow, Alice. Good luck with the race. Seeing Lucy run a half mara last week has really inspired me to improve my running.

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  2. I can totally identify with this! Long before I ever contemplated running, I was very anti-exercise in fact, I always thought I would do the Great North Run one day. Because it's so close to home it just seemed inevitable. And I'll be doing it for the third time this year, so perhaps it was! x

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