Rubbish at blogging

I am so rubbish at blogging! I am sincerely sorry for how long it has been since my last blog post. I am rolling my eyes at myself whilst I type this. I have no excuse for such a long absence, except that my attention has very much been on my fundraising the last month or so, and writing still feels uncomfortable for me but nonetheless, I need to make the time to write. So here I am, committing to being better at making time to write, let’s see how long this lasts. (Cue more eye rolling.) No seriously, I really want to make more time to write. 

So update . . . My training and my fundraising are well under way and both going quite well. Since my last blog post I officially launched my fundraising with the 100 Cup Challenge. In brief the idea was to encourage friends and family to buy me cups of coffee for my birthday. One cup costing $3.20, the target was to raise $320. I am so pleased to say that we smashed it and raised $500 in just four days! What a fantastic start to my fundraising! I am so thankful to every single person who donated. 

Since then, I have been working hard gathering ideas, testing prototypes, doing calculations, all for the second phase of my fundraising. I have a lot more work to do but I am excited to say that this phase will launch on June 6th. I don’t want to say too much now as a lot of it is still being worked out but I am hopeful that you will love it! Not only will it help me raise money for an incredible cause but there is going to be some awesome stuff in it for you too. 

Next up . . . the marathon training. I am now running 8.5 mile distances as part of my training plan. Whoop! Six weeks ago this distance had been looming for some time, I had known it was coming up and I was simply dreading it. I have now done this distance three times in training. YAY! Now that I have hit this marker I feel like the next jump to 11 miles is manageable. As for the jump after that, a half marathon, I’m not so sure. My body is responding ok to training. I have been running regularly for four months now and my calves, knees and ankles seem to have settled and gotten used to the idea of training for a marathon. I don't get as much pain when running anymore and my legs seem to recover quicker once finished. My lower back on the other hand is not coping well at all. I have suffered with problems in my lower back for years. It comes and it goes, during my Arctic to Africa bike ride the pain completely disappeared and my back felt stronger then ever, since taking up running the impact seems to be making it worse. I am icing it, stretching it, putting creams on it, doing my planks but all of that only helps some of the time. I see a Chiropractor appointment on the horizon if it doesn't start to improve soon. 

Acouple of things I would like to share . . . On a personal note, I am going through quite a lot in my life right now, I feel like I could say that about the last four years of my life, but right now specifically there are lots of changes, lots of uncertainty, lots of good things wrapped in fear and risk. God is stretching me again and it’s uncomfortable. And I just want to say, to anyone else that might be going through a similar phase in their life, keep going. Sometimes I just need someone to tell me to keep going. So right now I am going to be that person for you. Don’t stop, don’t wait, don’t wonder, don’t spend hours worrying. Just keep going. My mum bought me a very appropriate cushion, it said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving.’ So whatever you do, whoever you are, don't stop. Whatever there is on the other side of this, I promise you, it will be worth it. God has always come through for me and he will come through for you. 

Thank you for reading, I really do want to blog more often so you will be hearing more from me soon.

Michelle