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600 miles up

A lot has happened since I last blogged about my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need so thought I would update you all with where I am.

The 600 mile mark is up and am now 604.1 miles into my challenge. With two marathons coming up, training is going well for those marathons and have even started to go swimming again.

Last time out managed to swim 60 lengths. Have to admit I’m not a great swimmer but still to do 60 lengths I was happy with that. Even started to go to the gym after so many years.

I’m feeling fitter and stronger which is a positive. But ultimately there is still a long way to go in terms of where I want to get fitness wise. DSC_0091

When it comes to running, I’ve started to use Science in Sport running gels. It is still very much early days getting use to the gels but I am already feeling the benefits which is a real plus. They are giving me more energy and my running endurance/performances are improving ever so slightly which again is a positive.

By all means there have been some tough runs since I last blogged in June but I’m generally feeling very positive. And I’ll also be representing #TeamWestBrom in the 800m at this year’s AMSUK Sports Festival.

Wolverhampton Marathon

The Wolverhampton Marathon will be my third marathon of 2017 and fair to say I’m very much looking forward to it.

My first ever 26 miler was last year’s Wolverhampton Marathon. It was a proud moment for me to complete my first marathon and a day I will never forget. The first half of the race was not too bad but admittedly the second half of the race was a real struggle. 20x30-bruk6057

On reflection of my first marathon, I feel as if I overdid it pace-wise in the first half and went too quick. I was also obsessed in doing it sub-four hours. I finished the race in just under four hours and 43 minutes. But still to finish the race was a happy moment.

I’ve already ran two marathons in 2017 and have also recorded two personal bests. What happened in Wolverhampton last year, I’ve learnt an awful lot from the way I performed in that race. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

The positive thing about the marathons I have completed this year, in Manchester the first time I stopped running and began to walk was when I got to 21 miles and in Liverpool 19 miles. I do need to work on performing well in the final five-six miles but knowing I went far into those races until I started to walk is a positive. It’s something I can build on going into the Wolverhampton Marathon.

Running for a great cause

I’m running 1,000 miles this year for Children in Need to raise money to help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

By donating to Children in Need, these are just some of the ways your donation can help change the lives of many disadvantaged children:

  • A £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
  • A £10 donation can help a young child take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others

Even if it’s just a couple of pounds, please donate generously and every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Halfway distance reached

Well I can now say that I have reached the halfway mark of my Children in Need #1000milechallenge after my latest run.

A 15.5 mile run yesterday means I have now ran 504.4 miles since New Year’s Day of this year. Feeling pretty chuffed I am halfway through my challenge now. 24.06.17

Still an awfully long way to go but knowing I’m past the halfway mark is pleasing to say the least. But the training is only going to be tougher with two more full marathons on the horizon.

Those marathons being the Wolverhampton Marathon in September and Birmingham Marathon in October.

Heatwave

If you are living in the UK and are reading this, you will know that we had a recent heatwave. Typical British weather, this coming week looks set to be cooler and wet.

So the crazy and mad character that is me, decided to do a run straight after work on one of the warmest days of the year so far (roughly 25/26c). And I had a bag on my back. 20.06.17 - Insta

It was going to be at least a 7.5 mile run and even before I started the run, I decided I wasn’t going to overdo it pacewise.  Of course staying hydrated was going to be a key factor.

Not going to lie, it wasn’t the easiest of runs and it was tough. But at the end of the day I completed the run, kept myself well hydrated and cool by pouring water over myself as well as going at a comfortable pace. It was actually a decent run and one I enjoyed. I was beginning to get tired in the final mile but so many positives to take and it was good to get an experience of running in very warm conditions.

Running for a great cause

 

As you all know, I’m doing all this for Children in Need to raise money to help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

By donating to Children in Need, these are just some of the ways your donation can help change the lives of many disadvantaged children:

  • A £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session
  • A £10 donation can help a young child take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others

Here are also some pointers on where your donations are going towards and what projects Children in Need have funded in the past year:

  • Over £170,000 has been awarded to help fund projects to support children who have experienced distress
  • Over £2m has gone towards projects supporting children who have experienced poverty and deprivation
  • Over £560,000 has gone to projects supporting children who have a medical condition

Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Thank you so much.

 

Two marathons down in 2017, two to go and a personal best achieved

A fantastic weekend with the family in Liverpool and a personal best achieved in your third full marathon, couldn’t have asked for a better weekend really. And I had the weather on my side on race day.

The last time I visited Liverpool was back in 2000/2001 on a school trip when I was in primary school. I was so looking forward to going back to Merseyside for the marathon and I was not disappointed. I can honestly say Liverpool is a wonderful, vibrant city and I will be going back for sure.

A top weekend in a brilliant city and an enjoyable Liverpool Marathon.

The Marathon

(Video recorded day after the marathon – 29 May 2017) 

For some reason come race day, I was feeling a tad nervous. Even though it was my third full marathon, I was a bit more anxious compared to how I was feeling before my first and second marathons. Maybe it was because of what happened in Manchester last week.

Talking of which, a minute’s applause took place before the full marathon got underway on Sunday to remember the victims of the horrific Manchester terror attack. My thoughts and heartfelt feelings go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the attack and to everyone who was in Manchester on this tragic night.

Once I started running and began to get the miles under my belt, I felt more at ease and it was great talking to fellow runners not just about running but life in general. DSC_0091

I’m a massive football fan and people who know me will know I am a big West Bromwich Albion fan. As part of the course, I ran past Goodison Park and Anfield. I knew that both Everton and Liverpool’s stadiums are situated close to each other. But until I ran the course, I couldn’t believe the proximity of just how close both famous stadiums are to each other and literally all that divides them is Stanley Park.

Going past Chinatown, the Liver Building and into Penny Lane were just some of the other landmarks I came across on the marathon route. It was only until mile 19 when I first stopped and prior to then, I was going at a comfortable pace running each mile consistently between 9-10 minutes. Nothing spectacular but it was a pace I was happy with.

After mile 19, I had many stop and start situations where I began to ran and then had to walk. It was frustrating but I knew I was so close to completing the marathon and it wasn’t time to throw in the towel.

Being a quitter is not in my dictionary and thinking about why I was doing the marathon was helping me get through those final miles. And actually going into the final stretch of the marathon and out of nowhere, I was able to find a little oomph and gave it everything I had to get across that finishing line. I know this sounds cliché but the crowd definitely motivated/spurred me on to the finish.

The support we runners had from the crowds, who turned out in their thousands, was brilliant and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to will us on. The events throughout the weekend were very well organised and thank you to everyone who played their part in making the Rock’n’Roll weekend in Liverpool a one to remember. DSC_0117

It would have been nice to have finished closer to the 4hr 20min mark, but if you said at the start of the marathon you would beat your previous best by 1min and 40secs, I would have snatched your hand off. I can’t complain and finished the marathon in 4:25:49. A respectable time.

Weather-wise it was mild with plenty of light cloud. And just as I was about to reach the final stretch of the race, the sun began to break out to top the day off. A brilliant day and one that will live long in the memory.

Running for a top cause

After running the Rock’n’Roll Liverpool Marathon, I’m now 425.4 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and running to help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

I’m taking on my 2017 #1000milechallenge to help inspire young children to never give up in life. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard, think positive and believe in yourself.

DSC_0142Your donation can help change and improve the lives of young people and bring a smile to their face. For example a £2 donation can help an 11-year-old boy with autism develop his co-ordination and confidence at a trampoline session. A £10 donation can help a young child to take part in a speech therapy course where they can manage their stammering and grow in confidence when interacting with others.

Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

Thank you so much.

 

 

One marathon down, three to go in 2017

It’s been just over a couple of weeks now since I ran the Manchester Marathon and I’m now 296.8 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need.

Since the Manchester Marathon I must admit I have been easing back into my running and haven’t been pushing myself too much (although I did do 15.8 miles on 15 April). But I have to say I am enjoying my running more than ever and am feeling good right now.

Training is going well and now busy preparing for the Birmingham 10k at the end of April and the Liverpool Marathon at the end of May.

Reflecting

Looking back on the Manchester Marathon (my second full marathon and the first in 2017), I can honestly say that it was a fantastic day. So many great people running for a number of charities/great causes and the support from the Manchester people was incredible.

It’s just amazing what having support can do for you. Just gives you that eDSC_0283xtra incentive to do well and extra oomph.

Keeping myself regularly hydrated (water) and eating jelly babies really did help and will bear this in mind going forward when taking part in future marathons.

The race itself went well and it was only until I got to mile 21 that I started to walk. Once I reached mile 21 I did then stop and start more often than I would have liked. But up until the 21st mile, I paced myself well and honestly felt comfortable. So there are plenty of positives to take from the marathon.

And if you said to me at the start of the Manchester Marathon that you would finish the race 15 minutes quicker than the time recorded at your first ever marathon, I would have snatched your hand off.

Overall a top day and the weather was perfect for running. And the day was topped off with a free pint of Erdinger Alkoholfrei. Can’t complain really.

Liverpool Marathon here I come. You can also check out my video blog reflecting on the Manchester Marathon (published on 08 April).

(YouTube video blog published on 08 April)

Children in Need

Running the Manchester Marathon was part of my 2017 #1000milechallenge for Children in Need to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

My #ReasonToRun for Children in Need this year is to inspire young/disadvantaged children to never give up in life and never turn your back on your dreams. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard, think positive and believe in yourself.

Your donation can help change and improve the lives of young people and bring a smile to their face. Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference. Thank you so much.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

212.4 miles up

So the Manchester Marathon is now just two weeks away and to be honest, I can’t wait to be on that starting line.

I’m feeling in decent shape going into the marathon but ultimately I know there is still a very long way to go in terms of where I want to get to fitness and running wise. But still there are plenty of positives I can take heading into the Manchester Marathon in 14 days time.

Yesterday I completed my longest run of 2017 and ran 18.2 miles. Admittedly I was shattered after the run but proud I was able to cover that distance. I’m now 212.4 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and over a fifth of the way through the challenge. 18.03.17

Looking ahead to the Manchester Marathon, it is going to be a long hard slog and I am hoping to do it in sub four hours. Wouldn’t be the end of the world if I wasn’t able to complete the marathon in under four hours. But it really would be a fine achievement for me if I was able to complete the 26 miles in under four hours.

 #ReasonToRun

As you all know, I’m taking on the #1000milechallenge this year for Children in Need to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

I know I keep harping on about this but having had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days, I can relate to the challenges so many young/disadvantaged children have to overcome on a daily basis. No child should ever have to struggle in life.

My #ReasonToRun for Children in Need this year is to inspire young/disadvantaged children to never give up in life and never turn your back on your dreams. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams. You can achieve anything if you work hard, think positive and believe in yourself.

Your donation can help change and improve the lives of young people and bring a smile to their face. Please donate generously even if it’s just a couple of pounds. Every penny and pound donated will go towards projects nationally to help children build better lives. It will also help children to achieve their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Please help make a difference and thank you.

You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

21 days and counting until the Manchester Marathon

Hard to believe that its three weeks until I run the first of four marathons in 2017. 02 April is the day I run the Manchester Marathon for Children in Need and I simply cannot wait.

Yesterday was the longest run I did this year (16.4 miles) and it was an enjoyable one albeit I was getting tired towards the end of the run. 23 miles clocked this week and the plan for next weekend is to do an 18/19 mile long run. Will be tough but with the right attitude, determination and perseverance, I know I can do it.

Its now 186.7 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and things are going in the right direction. Honestly I’m enjoying my running more than ever and am very excited to be on that staring line in Manchester on 02 April.

08.03.17
Stats from my 7.5 mile run on 08 March 2017

I’m in a good place right now in my life and I also started a new job on Monday. So there is a lot to be positive about and I hope I can spread my positive energy onto people reading this blog and people who know me.

If you want something in life, you have to work hard and believe in yourself. Nothing will be given to you easily. You can achieve anything if you have a positive mind, determined and have the right attitude. Don’t let anyone say to you, you can’t do it. Let your actions do the talking for you and don’t ever give up in life and don’t look back on your life with any regrets.

Promotion

Couple of weeks ago I was on the BBC Asian Network and spoke to Nihal about my #1000milechallenge. In case you missed it, below is the link and listen back from 2:54:20.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08drsg8#play. An enjoyable experience it was. bbcan

In the same week I also went back to my high school to give pupils an inspirational/motivational talk and discuss my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. It felt like I was back at home and I have so many fond memories of my time at high school.

Time flies by when you are having fun and so much has changed since I was last there. It was a tad emotional for sure but it was great to go back.

Help make a difference

Children in Need really does have a place in my heart and having had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days, I can relate to the challenges so many young/disadvantaged children have to overcome on a daily basis. No child should ever have to struggle in life.

It is not right or fair that so many families as well as young/disabled children have to tackle so many challenges every day. I want to help make a difference to improve the lives of families and young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

Children may have a disability but that should never stop them from dreaming big and going onto to achieve their hopes in life. If you are confident, work hard and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.

Please donate to a great cause and help make a difference. You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

And don’t forget if you would like to get involved with my challenge, message me and I would love to hear from you.

 

Another positive week – onwards and upwards as they say

148.7 miles now into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need and I think I would be right in saying that this has been a very good week.

 

Get up on Monday morning expecting it to be a normal week, next thing you know you find out you have received a £100 donation from Countdown’s Rachel Riley. Now why wouldn’t you be buzzing after that?

Friday I was on the BBC Asian Network speaking to Nihal about my challenge and it was an enjoyable interview. Click the link to listen back (from 2:54:20).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08drsg8#play

Funnily enough I was supposed to go up to MediaCityUK in Salford to be interviewed but due to Storm Doris, unfortunately the interview didn’t take place up North. Damn you Storm Doris! But still to go on a national radio station to speak about my challenge was a fun experience.

And then today’s run was my longest run of 2017 (15.2 miles). First four miles I admit was a struggle and my legs were really aching. But come the second half of the run, I ran at a good/comfortable pace and in the end felt great. Just missed the blustery and wet conditions. Phew! Can’t believe it is almost two months into the challenge now. 26-02-17

I’m also hoping to go back to my high school this coming week to give the pupils an inspirational/motivational talk as well as discussing my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. Time flies by when you are having fun and I find it remarkable that I will be going back there for the first time in ten years. It is going to be just a tad emotional that’s for sure.

The miles are ticking along and the preparation for the Manchester Marathon on 02 April is coming along well. Lots of reasons to be positive but there is still a very long way to go.

Children in Need really does have a place in my heart and having had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days, I can relate to the challenges so many young/disadvantaged children have to overcome on a daily basis. No child should ever have to struggle in life.

Children may have a disability but that should never stop them from dreaming big and going onto to achieve their hopes in life. If you are confident, work hard and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.

Please donate to a great cause and help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

And don’t forget if you would like to get involved with my challenge, message me and I would love to hear from you.

Crikey – 42 days until the first marathon of 2017!

Yes that’s right, it is only 42 days until I run the first of four marathons this year. Very excited and am so looking forward to the Manchester Marathon on 02 April.

22.5 miles ran overall this week and was able to complete my longest run of 2017 yesterday – 14.5 miles. Admittedly I was getting tired towards the end of the run but to still do 14.5 miles yesterday was great. Training is only going to continue to be gruelling. But knowing I am doing all this for a great cause that is Children in Need and wanting to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK, is motivating me even more.

After running 22.5 miles this week, I’m now 129.5 miles into my #1000milechallenge and the miles are ticking along nicely.

Promotion

This coming Friday (24 February) I will be speaking to Nihal live on the BBC Asian Network about my #1000milechallenge from 12.30pm. A brilliant opportunity to promote my charity challenge and very excited to be making my first visit to MediaCityUK. Cannot wait and aim to make a day of it in Manchester. bbcan

In the next coming weeks as well, I will also be going back to my high school to give the pupils an inspirational/motivational talk as well as discussing my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. I had so many great memories at high school and going back there ten years later will be just a tad emotional. Just hope my story can inspire the pupils and I can be role model for them.

Positive attitude  

It is just amazing what having a positive mindset/attitude can do for you. If you are positive, confident, believe in yourself, determined and have the willpower, you can achieve anything in life.

Running 1000 miles in one year is a daunting prospect, but it is a challenge I believe I can achieve and having a purpose to complete this challenge has inspired me even more.

One of those purposes is to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. Speaking from personal experience, I had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days. It was a tough time and it was a time in my life where I could so easily have given up. But I didn’t.

I have got a lot going for me and I am only going to continue to have a positive attitude in life. Bad things do happen. But you can do two things – either dwell on those negative moments or bounce back and embrace life. 18-02-17-insta

Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto dream big and achieve their ambitions in life. And despite my early difficulties in life, I am proof that if you work hard in life, you will be rewarded and you can achieve anything.

Please donate to a great cause and help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

And don’t forget if you would like to get involved with my challenge, message me and I would love to hear from you.

 

Two months until Manchester Marathon

Having a stubborn cough that wouldn’t go away in this past week has been pretty frustrating to say the least. But even that wasn’t going to stop me from running.

Even if I wasn’t able to run as many miles as I would have liked this week, the miles are still ticking along nicely and it has been a solid start to my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need.

This week, a short but enjoyable 4 mile run on Wednesday and then my longest run of year on Saturday – 12.5 miles. I will be doing longer runs in preparation for my first marathon of 2017 at the Manchester Marathon on 02 April and my training is only going to continue to be more gruelling, But it needs be and actually I am enjoying my running more than ever.

So after my latest run for Children in Need, I am now 89.5 miles into my #1000milechallenge and the first milestone of the challenge is within touching distance – reaching 100 miles.

#ReasonToRun  

I went to see Lion this week and firstly I want to say it was an emotional and spine-tingling film. Be prepared to have tissues at the ready and it is no real surprise that the film has been nominated for awards at this year’s Oscars.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lion but it also put into perspective the grim realities so many children worldwide have to face every day. There are many children not just in the UK but worldwide who are living in poverty and struggle on a daily basis.

No child should ever have to live in poverty and no child should ever have to struggle in life. Which is why your donations to Children in Need can make a big difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. And is also one of the reasons why I am taking on the #1000milechallenge for Children in Need this year, to raise money to go towards projects to help young/disadvantaged children build better lives.  04-02-17-insta

By also taking on the #1000milechallenge, I want to continue to inspire young/disadvantaged children in the UK to never give up in life. Children may have a disability but that shouldn’t stop them from going onto succeed in life. No one should be afraid to follow their dreams.

Please help make a difference and donate to a wonderful cause. You can donate online by visiting my JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Manish-Patel1000.

You can also follow my progress during my #1000milechallenge by visiting my JustGiving, Twitter (@Baggies20) and Instagram (manishpatel89) pages.

And don’t forget if you would like to get involved with my challenge, message me and I would love to hear from you.

 

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