It is a week ago that I was celebrating the achievements of running 10 marathons in 10 days in the most beautiful part of England, the lake district in Cumbria. It is still quite surreal and it is just about sinking in what I did with 17 amazing and lovely individuals that will forever be my 14 brothers and 3 sisters, they will have to put up with me for the rest of their lives!
My thoughts over the week and trying to get back to ‘normal’ life has not been easy, I will happily turn the clock back again and have the experience of the whole year again, I loved it J it has been a challenge that was bigger than me and I gave it my all, day in day out, it inspired me and got me fired up, I literally had to eat, breath and live the journey form when I got the letter to take part in the challenge!
Completing the challenge would not have been possible without the brathay team of Aly and Marc, the body rehab team that were putting us together every day with expert physio, the kitchen staff, the housekeeping staff etc, I really do miss the ‘brathay bubble’
According to Andrea Brocelli, the amazing Italian singer, he sang: We were born to shine, all of us here because we believe. This not just for the 18 runners that completed the 10 in 10 last Sunday but all of us has the power to do great things if we dare to live (another Brocelli song), dare to be bold, dare to dream big, the sky is the limit.
I believed over the years that having a goal in life or a vision much much bigger than yourself will give you the inspiration to do amazing things, day in and day out, I have always loved challenges and I was already thinking what to do next after 10 in 10 even by day 5 of the challenge.
I will honestly say that I will do it again in an heartbeat, it is an experience like nothing I have experienced before and I am sure everyone would have seen the emotions that came out of me in the end of the line, if not catch up again @ www.cumbrialive.tv/brathay10in10 i lost the plot, I was sooooo shattered, never have I felt tiredness, exhaustion, pain like that before! I gave it my all as well as all my fellow runners! Thanks to Mitchelle who got me to the end, in the nick of time before the presentation ceremony.
I know I will do something as big as the 10 in 10 again, I have learned so much as a person with this incredible journey especially in regards to fundraising part of the challenge, I had to think outside of the box and explore how I was going to fundraise £2,500 which is a huge amount and in the end, that figure was almost doubled and generous people were still donating even after the event and latest figure is £4,642 which i am so thrilled about. Learning to be persistent is another thing I had to learn, so I did not get funds from every area that I explored but I kept going on to reach out and spread the work that brathay trust does for young people. Last week before the challenge, radio, tv and newsapaper interview had to be done which I was not comfortable with as I am a shy person by nature but I did it as it is really not about me but brathay trust and anything I can do to publicise their work I was going to do.
There were some tough decisions that had to be made well in advance of the event, such as starting times which is 10.30 normally everyday but because i am slow runner and it would take me longer to complete each day, i requested to start a 6 intially but that was not possible because it will be difficult and challengng for the whole team of brathay to accomodate just myself so i settled with 8am start everyday except the first day for the media. this meant i was allocated a room to myself as i will be up early it will be unfair to disturb my fellow runners and this got quite lonely as the days go by :-( but i guess i had to focus on the price at the end of it all, so i miss some of the brathay bubble, especially the last day when the crowd were there to cheer my fellow runners and were in a huddle hug, i will miss if i was able to run 5 hours at least consistently then i would have been able to be there with all the others in the beginning everyday.
To have played a small part to help raise £120,000 plus as a group is very amazing and that is what I will be mostly proud of.
To everyone that sponsored me to do the 10 in 10, thank you very much and your monies is going to help change young lives, the faith that you have put in me and my completing this event has been a remarkable win-win partnership from the start J
I will like to end this blog on the note that never give up on your dream/goal, no matter how small, medium or large it is, keep believing, focus, be committed, let your goal be the drive of your life, let it inspire you every day! Mine did because of one amazing person that is Sandra Robinson that died in 2005 because of cancer and since then I have not looked back, every run that I do is dedicated to her memory and along with my mum and dad.
I will be back to brathay next year and do the single marathon and cheer the next 10 in 10ers on too, It will be amazing to relive the event again.
If anyone still want to donate to this amazing charity pls visit, www.justgiving.com/toks15