Monday, 26 April 2010

26days 20hours and 33minutes to go!

Not long now is it?!

Time just goes so fast!

I'm thinking I really need to get some writing put on my running top - another way to raise awareness of Stop the Traffik. So thats my job this week, to find a place to get my pink running top printed on!

I managed 18 miles yesterday and 16 the Sunday before. I enjoyed the 16 more than the 18 - maybe I hadn't given my baby legs enough time to recover from the 16 before attempting the 18? Or maybe I hadn't eaten properly the day before? Who knows!
There were times yesterday when I am sure I was running so slow people could have walked past me!

Downloaded my garmin watch last night and saw the mega difference between my speed last week and this week, even with keeping my rehydrating the same both weeks and using some gel stuff thats meant to taste of orange but they obviously dont know what organce tastes like.

So this week im going for some shorter runs, a 5mile, 6mile, day at the gym and a 10-13 mile - leading up to a few days rest and short runs and then a 20 mile which will be my last long run before the big day!

I best get some more pasta in , I think I'm going to be needing it!

A massive word of thanks to all those who have supported me during this time! So far a massive £539 are going to Stop the Traffik - which is £39 more than my target! WOOOO!!! :)

If you would like to support this cause then you can still make a donation HERE.

Remember it only takes each person to do a little bit to make a HUGE difference!

Steph xxxx

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


oops! It would seem I'm better at actually getting out running than I am at writing this blog!
Which is a good thing I guess.

The training has been going really well the last few weeks. After another few weeks out because of calves that decided they didn't like running, I have finally been able to do about 3 weeks of training with no problems. yey!

I did 13.1 miles the other day in 2.08min - which is ok - but considering I used to be able to do that in 1.50min I can definitely tell I am not at the place I was 2 years ago! However I'm just happy that my calves managed it!

This week I'm aiming for a stronger 13.1 and then next week hopefully 15. I realise I am putting my miles up quicker than they recommend. (Whoever "they" are?) but with only 45 days to go I'm kind of running out of time!

Before Christmas when I began to train I would have liked to have seen myself run it in under 4 hours. Now I'm thinking maybe 5 or 5 and a half hours.

But I have to remember I'm not running it for my own personal gain. I'm running it as a way of raising money. A way of raising awareness.

When I was out this morning, oh my word what a gorgeous morning it was! I had my ipod on, but after the first song I turned it off just listening to the morning.

I started talking to God about random things, and then about Stop the Traffik. And I became so frustrated, sad and sickened by the way that one human can treat another human. What a love starved planet we live on. That if people could just love each other there....well then it wouldn't be a love starved planet would it. It would be a joyful, peaceful planet.

But to love another, well that might take sacrifice. And I know for myself that sometimes I want to hate instead of love. I want to do it my way instead of compromise - instead of love someone else. And on a global scale when people choose not to love and instead have it their own way - then you end up with what we have. A love-starved planet.

BUT! This week I have met some amazing people who have shown me complete sacrificial love and it has put a smile on my face and made me see the ray of hope that is alive today. Not to mention the Easter weekend which put a great big stamp of hope on our world - beautiful.

Why do I care about trafficking? Because I want to offer hope to those who don't feel they have any. I want to show people that even though there are those who don't love - there are those that do and that do care and who will go out of their way and make sacrifices to give hope to this love-starved planet. To the people working courageously to end trafficking, may God give you all you need to persevere, to continue to offer hope to those who urgently and desperately need it.