In just over 11 weeks I will be running the Simplyhealth Great North Run Half Marathon here in Newcastle upon Tyne, to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s UK (and the organization has given me permission to use their logo and images as part of this fundraising campaign).
I started my training for the event a few weeks back and began with a 40 minute run, and I have now worked my way up to a 60 minute run. The next step (or many steps!) will be to increase this to a 90 minute run, as it could take me up to twice this amount of time on the big day.
Before starting this new running schedule, I worked on gaining strength by lifting weights (such as kettle bells and dumbbells) a few times a week. I find resistance training to be a fantastic way to build stamina and strength in order to get through the event. Along with weight-lifting and running, yoga and stretching are the other really important parts of my daily exercise routine.
This half marathon will be the second one I have entered, and my first here in the UK. The first was in Albuquerque, USA, back in May of 2015. Prior to that I had run one 10K and several 5K events. Running regularly is something I began back in August of 2014, so I am still quite a newbie and will be celebrating three years of running just one month before the race!
I am really looking forward to this event and I’d like to thank you for your generous donations. So far I have raised 89% of my goal amount which means I have less than £20 to go to reach this goal.
You can follow my progress, training updates, and fundraising on my Just Giving webpage.
Speak with you all again soon,
Bridget @ Hot Tea Travel & Thyme x