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Indoor triathlon done and dusted

At the start of 2018 one of the challenges I set myself was to complete an indoor triathlon this year in preparation to do an outdoor triathlon in 2019. And bearing in mind I had a phobia of putting my face in the water, completing an indoor triathlon was always going to be tough.

But roll onto August 2018 and I can now say that I have completed a sprint distance indoor triathlon. Well chuffed and proud of what I was able to achieve on 10 August (the day of my triathlon). It just goes to show that if you are prepared to work hard and put in the hours, anything is possible.

Getting over my phobia

It’s only this year that I’ve started to take up swimming and swim on a weekly basis after so many years out of the pool. So it was always going to be difficult to start off with getting use to the water again. But what a way to face your fears of putting your face in the water by taking on an indoor triathlon.

And I’m not going to lie when I say that the first couple of months were not easy and I had that fear of putting my face in the water as well as getting on top of my breathing technique. My phobia does sound daft I have to admit but I knew with time and effort I could get over my fear.

So how did I overcome my phobia? To start off with, I used a float by placing both hands on the float and exhaling through the nose at intervals. The more I began to put my face in the water, the confidence began to build up. Also getting on top of my breathing was tough to start off with and often found myself trying to hold onto my breath.

And by holding onto my breath too long, this resulted in tension which led to having panicky moments and water going up my nose which was not nice. Watching a number of different videos online and learning about breathing helped me put it into practice.

It took time but once I got on top of my breathing, I was then able to swim front crawl strokes without a float. And come around May/June time I was a more confident swimmer and was able to get on top of my breathing but also enjoy my swimming as well.

The Triathlon

Doing a triathlon really is all about endurance and without doubt my indoor triathlon was always going to be one of my toughest sporting challenges. From doing plenty of gym work and running, I was always confident about the cycle and run on the treadmill as part of my triathlon. Indoor Triathlon (1)

The triathlon was a sprint distance (750m swim, 20k on the bike and 5k on the treadmill), a realistic distance as this was my first triathlon. It was always going to be tough but actually I really enjoyed it and it was good to push my body to new limits.

If anything I was more nervous about the swim compared to the bike and run on the treadmill. The swim was not perfect as I did take intervals at certain points. But I did swim the 750m and didn’t have any panicky moments which was reassuring.

Once the swim was complete, it was onto the bike for a 20k ride and then onto the treadmill for the 5k. It was a test of endurance but what was good is the fact that my body never felt tired at any point. Because I kept hydrating myself and went at a pace I was comfortable with, it wasn’t too bad.

It felt great to complete the triathlon and I’m really happy with what I was able to achieve on the day. But it is also worth remembering that I did the triathlon for a cause that is close to my heart.

Albion Foundation

I take immense pride in my charity work and by running marathons and raising money for charities; I know this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. And you know what I’m making it happen. I believe in making things happen and I’ve taken steps to help turn my life around. I also believe in helping people and again I’m doing just that.

When you hear family members, friends and people who follow me on social media saying they are proud of what I’m doing and they say I’m inspiring people, I can’t begin to underestimate how it feels hearing that. Just makes my heart warm up and it makes me so happy. All the charity work I’m doing gives me another reason to live and want to live.

Being a West Bromwich Albion fan since my childhood days, it made sense to me to want to fundraise for the Albion Foundation who help West Bromwich Albion connect to communities both locally and globally. DSC_0310

Did you know the Foundation aims to inspire young people to love sport through play and provide opportunities to teach and develop all abilities? Almost 1,000 boys participate in The Foundation’s Player Development Centres and over 50 received a trial with West Bromwich Albion.

The Albion Foundation also aims to engage a variety of young people; improving achievement, changing behaviour, increasing attendance, raising self-esteem and boosting confidence.

They really do inspiring work every day to help change lives. So please donate and give what you can at: www.justgiving.com/Manish-Patel2018wba.

Thank you so much.

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A marathon runner and opening up

A seven-time marathoner, has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Still find it hard to believe that I have been able to run seven marathons since September 2016. But thinking about it brings a smile to my face.

So my latest marathon took place at the Rock n’Roll Liverpool Marathon on 20 May and by far my toughest marathon for sure. The first 10k wasn’t too bad but even I found it tough going at around the 11 mile mark considering how warm it was that day.

It was around the halfway mark I decided to focus on finishing the race rather than aiming for another Personal Best time. Bearing in mind the weather, it just wasn’t a day to be chasing a PB and I’m glad I held it back pacewise.   DSC_0310

Seeing other runners on the floor requiring medical attention and others needing a breather wasn’t nice to see and just emphasised how tough a race it was. Really hope the runners that needed medical attention are all ok.

But there were positives for me knowing that I was able to hydrate myself well during the marathon and it was only until the final mile I began to get leg cramps. The atmosphere once again was brilliant and am very thankful for all the support all us runners received.

I was just grateful to finish the race. But in all honesty I think I can be proud of what I achieved that day. It could have been so easy to give up considering how warm it was. But the fact is I kept going, kept persevering and didn’t throw in the towel. That can only be a positive. Even if it was a slow time (4hrs 40mins), I still completed it and that’s all that matters.

Knowing I was running the marathon for the Albion Foundation was again another proud moment. The Albion Foundation do amazing work to help make a difference to improve local lives using the power of sport and education. My next event is my indoor triathlon which will take place later on this summer and one which actually I’m looking forward to. There is still time for you to donate at: www.justgiving.com/Manish-Patel2018wba.

Now a seven-time marathoner, the aim is to carry on running marathons and continue to push myself. The aim now is to also run the six World Majors (London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, New York and Boston). It’s not going to be easy and it will be a tough ask. But anything is possible if you are prepared to work hard, show grit and determination.

Charity work

So why have I been raising money for different charities for the last three/four years? People who know me will know why 2015 was a very difficult year for our family. I’m not going to go into the specifics of what happened but it was a hard year both personally and professionally at work.

Come the end of 2015, it made me appreciate what I have already and you cannot take anything for granted. It also made me realise that life is too short and it only takes one second for something to happen and it changes your life forever.

But I also decided come the end of 2015 that I wasn’t going to carry on in life feeling sorry for myself. It was all about bouncing back and making things better. And I’ve not looked back since.

After what happened to my family in 2015, that spurred me on to want to help make a difference to improve the lives of people who are less fortunate than me in life and raise money for different charities. But it also made me want to inspire people to never give up in life and to never give on your dreams. CIN Appeal Night (6)

And what better way to inspire people through running and fitness.  I’ve had many days where I’ve felt pretty down but going for a run and doing fitness helps me to forget my worries and in some ways, running and fitness is my meditation. It makes me happy and most importantly I want to do it. The reason I don’t give up and don’t know when I’m down is down to the fact that my family kept fighting and didn’t give up throughout 2015. That’s where I’ve got my fighting spirit from.

I’m proud to have raised money for Cancer Research and Children in Need from 2015-2017. Two brilliant charities who do incredible work. I get such a positive buzz from running marathons for charity and it really does make me feel proud. Definitely makes me feel good about myself.

I take immense pride in my charity work and by running marathons anDSC_0417d raising money for charities; I know this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. And you know what I’m making it happen. I believe in making things happen and I’ve taken steps to help turn my life around. I also believe in helping people and again I’m doing just that.

When you hear family members, friends and people who follow me on social media saying they are proud of what I’m doing and they say I’m inspiring people, I can’t begin to underestimate how it feels hearing that. Just makes my heart warm up and it makes me so happy. All the charity work I’m doing gives me another reason to live and want to live.

Now I’m in a position in life where I’m enjoying my running and fitness more than ever and I’m enjoying my work. I’m proud to work alongside a really inspiring team who really believe in me. And when you have a team who believes in you, it makes one hell of a difference and makes you feel good about yourself. And introducing meditation and yoga into my life has helped me to continue to think positively.

Being 28 and opening up

SOCCER - English Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v BurnleyBy all means my life is not perfect and I accept I’m not the most intellectual man out there. But I’m happy and that’s the most important thing. All I want in life is to be happy and I’m not going to be forced/pressured into things I don’t want and don’t want to do in life. I’m not going to live my life just to please people. I’m going to live life on my terms and do it my way.

I’m 28 years-old and actually when I reflect on the last couple of years, they have been real positive years and I can look back on them with fond memories. I’ve got a lot of good things happening for me and it is now all about continuing to build on those positives. A lot of good things that have happened in the last couple of years, is down to the effort, hard work and determination I’ve shown.

But also being a British Asian and now that I’m 28, I am getting people saying to me ‘when are you going to get married?’ But being totally honest and hand on heart, I’m not even thinking about it and I’m not going to be pressured into it.

I’m not going to get married just to please people, I’ll do it because I want to it. And right now I haven’t got the desire and heart to want to tie the knot. For sure it does sound selfish but I’m happy with the way things are going for me and I’m in a happy place in my life right now. At the end of the day I have to do what I feel is right for me. Only you know how you feel and know what you want.

What I’m trying to say is that in life is that when it comes to life changing decisions don’t ever do things just to please people, do it because you want to do it whether that be getting married or moving into a new home. Be 100% sure that what you are doing is the right thing, it is what you want and don’t doubt yourself.

If you want to do something and achieve something in life, put your heart and desire into it and work hard. I know I’ve said this on numerous occasions but anything is possible if you believe in yourself, you are prepared to work hard, show grit/determination and you are prepared to put in the hours.

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Believe in yourself and work hard – anything is possible. 

Don’t ever keep things to yourself and speak out if you have any issues/problems. The day you start keeping things to yourself, the more it will bite you and will kill you inside. Speak to someone you trust maybe a family member or friend. With the right support and right attitude, you can do it and turn things around.

It feels good to open up and be totally honest about my feelings. And in all honesty, writing this blog has helped to lift some weight off my shoulders and get things off my chest.

If I can inspire just one person to come out of their shell and open up to someone they trust about their issues, that would make me really happy. Just be honest with yourself and know what you want from life. Only you can make it happen.

 

It’s done and dusted – reflecting on my #1000milesin2017 challenge

It really is a great feeling to say I’ve been able to run 1000 miles in a calendar year and all for a great charity. And to now be able to say I’m a 5-time marathoner feels good. This is only just the beginning for me.

As long as I live, I’ve decided that every year from now I will be doing some form of fundraising for a number of different charities. This is the life I’m going to live and I really want to help make a difference to improve the lives of those who are less fortunate than me in life.

This is my time and my time has come.

Time for reflection

2 January 2017 was the day I kicked off my #1000milesin2017 challenge and that day only feels like yesterday. This year has flown big time but I can look back on 2017 with so many fond memories.

Running 1000 miles in one year was always going to be tough and I knew I was in for a big challenge. But it was a challenge I knew I could complete. I wouldn’t have set myself the 1,000 miles target if I didn’t think it was achievable. What is the point of living if you don’t challenge yourself in life?

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Beautiful morning to kick off my challenge on 2 January 2017

Knowing that I was going to run four marathons in 2017 was again always going to be a tough ask. But I knew I could do it. I also knew that if I could average 19-25 miles per week, I would complete my challenge. And I managed it.

I’m not going to lie when I say there were times throughout the year where I felt like giving up. Not every run went to plan and there were for sure runs where I struggled. But yet I was able to complete those runs. Simply because I never gave up and had the courage to keep going.

There is no way I would have completed my challenge without your super support. I have to start with my family. They put in the miles to take me to races and be with me on race day to show their support/backing. I can’t begin to thank them enough for their support not just in 2017 but throughout my whole life. They have supported me through the good times and the bad times in life. The nutrition advice from my family was bang on as well and throughout 2017 I was able to eat/drink well thanks to them.

Second shout to my extended family, friends and the running community whom I received so many positive messages from. The fact people were sending me messages saying ‘I’m inspiring people’ meant a lot. It’s the little things in life that can make a big difference and reading so many positive messages really did motivate me to go on and complete my challenge.  Even the small things like fellow runners, celebrities and friends retweeting my fundraising page to help raise awareness of my challenge was appreciated and would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

CIN Appeal Night

Third thank you goes to Children in Need. To be invited to the Appeal Night was such an honour and I was so proud to be part of an emotional/special night. Seeing so many stories featured on the night really did put into perspective the difference people’s donations can make to help young/disadvantaged children in the UK build better lives. It has been such a privilege to fundraise for Children in Need the last couple of years and to be able to raise over £2,500 for the charity.

And the final thank you has to go to everyone who has donated. Thank you so much for your donations and they will help make a difference to change the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. Once again thank you so much.

The marathons

So I mentioned four marathons earlier. The first of those four marathons was Manchester and I have to say the atmosphere was quite something. From the very first mile to the final mile, there was support everywhere you looked. I can honestly say it was a fantastic day and it was great to see so many people running for a number of charities/great causes.  It’s just amazing what having support can do for you. Just gives you that extra incentive to do well and extra oomph.

Talking of support, the atmosphere at both the Liverpool and Birmingham Marathons I completed this year was unbelievable. Out of all the marathons I ran this year, I felt a tad nervous at the start of the Liverpool Marathon. Mainly because of what happened in Manchester in the lead up to the Liverpool Marathon.

A minute’s applause took place before the marathon got underway at Liverpool to remember the victims of the horrific and tragic events in Manchester. My thoughts and heartfelt feelings are with families and friends who lost loved ones on that 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. And the support from fellow runners and the crowd helped me get through to completing the marathon. DSC_0410.JPG

The Birmingham Marathon. Well what can I say? Again the atmosphere was incredible and to be able to run a marathon in your home city was such a special feeling. Am hoping the Birmingham Marathon is here to stay for many years to come. Starting at the Alexander Stadium and finishing in the City Centre was brilliant and will be a day I never forget.

The toughest marathon of 2017 was definitely Wolverhampton. Come the end of that marathon I was totally shattered. So many hills were part of the course and it was a two-lapped course. The weather was actually perfect for running on a dull, overcast but mild day. But the hills did take its toll on me and come the 17th/18th mile I was struggling. But at the end of the day, I completed it and that’s what mattered.

To be able to complete my challenge by running a 10k alongside one of my running heroes Blind Dave Heeley and his running partner Garry Wells was a special moment as well. In that short time, I got to spend time and get to know two inspirational and down to earth guys. Really was a great way to finish my challenge.

I’ve learnt an awful lot about myself this year. Even if I have had bad runs this year, there were also plenty of positive runs. There are so many positives I can take from 2017 and if you said to me at the start of the year I would record three marathon personal best times, I would have snatched your hand off for sure.

I had to show plenty of resilience, courage but I also needed to be physically and mentally strong. Yes I had my struggles, but I had the courage/motivation to go on and never give up. I’ve always believed in working hard and being rewarded. I’ve trained hard in 2017 and I’ve reaped the benefits. I’ve only just gone and ran 1,000 miles in 2017. So proud of what I have been able to achieve this year.

2018

So what is next for me? It is a case of not how many miles I run per year, but how many marathons I run every year. I have marathons planned for 2018 and fingers crossed it will be another great year of running.

I do have a challenge in mind but will reveal all in January 2018. Right now, I’m giving my body a well-earned rest and not overdoing it even if I’m doing light training during the Christmas break to keep in shape.

I’d love to take part in Park Runs next year. If you have taken part in Park Runs, I would love to hear from you. What are the benefits in participating in Park Runs?

I’m hoping to also join a running club in 2018. Again if you are part of a running club, what are the benefits of being part of a running club?

Once again thank you so much for your support through 2017. You can still donate at: www.justgiving.com/Manish-Patel1000. If you want to look back at my challenge, follow me on Twitter: @Baggies20 and on Instagram: manishpatel89.

Happy New Year to you all and have a great 2018!

Want to be part of my final run of my #1000milechallenge?

Ironic that I was planning on completing my 2017 running #1000milechallenge for Children in Need today and it goes and decides to snow heavily today. Out of all the days to snow, it had to be today didn’t it. 

But at least I have time on my side and only 10k distance left to run to complete my challenge of running 1,000 miles in one year. 993.8 miles ran in 2017.

The plan is to complete my challenge next Sunday (17 December). 
Venue: Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich
Start time: 9.15am
Finish time: Around 10.20am – 10.35am.
Start/Finish: Sandwell Valley Showground

Let me know if you are up for a 10k run next Sunday and be part of my final run of my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. Hope to film my final mile of 2017 live. If you are up for the 10k, happy for you to dress up as Santa’s as Christmas is just around the corner.

Thank you to you all for your superb support and I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support so thank you so much. Please keep donating at www.justgiving.com/Manish-Patel1000.

It is almost over and the is in sight.

An unbelievable night and the finishing line beckoning

It’s fair to say that 17 November 2017 will live long in the memory and a night I will never forget.

I’m proud and honoured to have been invited to this year’s Children in Need Appeal Night at the BBC Studios in Elstree which I will go onto to talk about later in this blog. CIN Appeal Night

I mentioned in the title about the finishing line on the horizon. I’m 930 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need with 70 miles now left to run this year. Still a long way to go to complete my challenge but slowly getting there.

‘Taking it one run at a time’ has been my mantra throughout the whole of 2017 and that’s exactly how I’m going to approach the final 70 miles. The aim will be to complete my challenge in mid-December. Time will tell.

Running 930 miles this year is a decent achievement but nothing has been achieved yet. At no point this year have I been complacent and I’m just going to keep focused and get these 70 miles done. Bring it on!

A lot has happened since I last blogged in August. Been on holiday to Spain, ran two full marathons and even managed to run 100 miles in September. It was great to get some warm weather training in Spain and managed to squeeze in three runs during the one week holiday.

The marathons

So in September I ran the Wolverhampton Marathon and in October the Birmingham International Marathon.

The Wolverhampton Marathon was a very tough marat

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hon I’m not going to lie. So many hills and by the end I was totally shattered. Completed it in over 4 hours and 33 minutes. Had I not taken a wrong turning at the halfway point, I might have been much closer to achieving a third PB time of the year.

However I did manage a third personal best time of the year (just over 4 hours and 25 minutes) at the Birmingham Marathon. Have to admit the atmosphere on the day was quite special and it was a great feeling running a marathon in my home city.

 

Really hope the Birmingham Marathon is here to stay for a long time and for sure I will be running the marathon next year. Decent course and again the support was amazing.

Appeal Night

Now then onto the Children in Need Appeal Night. Quite simply a truly inspiring and emotional night.

The first surprise came when I found out I had my own dressing room. Not that I was complaining one bit. Then the next thing you know, you are in the same corridor as the likes of Ore Oduba, The Vamps, Kimberley Walsh, Kate Garraway and Peter Andre to name just a few. CIN Appeal Night (1)

With around 90 minutes left before the live show got underway at 7.30pm, I was taken to the studios where I found out that Tess Daly would be asking a few questions about my challenge during the live show. Boy was I so excited. To be in the presence of so many celebrities and so many inspirational fundraisers on the night, it was a superb feeling.

There were so many stories that were featured on the night that really touched me and had me almost welling up. But these stories also put into perspective the difference people’s donations to Children in Need can make to help change the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK.

We were all asked at turn our phones off during the live show and at that point I had raised just over £750. As I turned on my phone just after 10pm, next thing I know I’m up to over £1,000 in donations and bombarded with so many messages. I have now been able to raise over £1,100 and its fair to say I am dead chuffed.

It will be a night I will never forget and would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated. I would also like to thank everyone at Children in Need for giving me the chance to be part of such a special night. You are all a credit to yourselves and again thank you so much for the invite. CIN Appeal Night (4)

Please keep continuing to donate and help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. 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.

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.

 

 

 

Marathon No.3 of 2017 on the horizon

Find it hard to believe that my next marathon of 2017 is exactly two weeks away. Nervous? Yes. Excited? Yes

My next marathon is the Wolverhampton Marathon and having ran the course last year, I more or less know what to expect this time round. It won’t be easy for sure and it is a marathon with a number of hills.

But honestly I feel better prepared going into the Wolverhampton Marathon this year and am hoping for my third personal best time this year having already ran two marathons in 2017.

 Progress

I’m 645 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need now. Still find it quite remarkable I’ve been able to run 645 miles since the first day of 2017. Sleuth

This week I was able to clock up 27 miles in two runs. The first of those two runs was a nine miler and it was the first time I ran from work to home. It wasn’t the quickest of runs but a good one nonetheless.

However the following day I got up feeling drowsy and pretty tired. I’d never felt that way the next day after doing a run. But reflecting on what happened, maybe I didn’t take on enough fluids after my run and didn’t get much sleep.

The second run of the week took place yesterday where I was able to do an 18 mile run. It was a decent run even if I was getting tired towards the end. Always nice to run in Birmingham and take in some of the city’s sights. And of course take a moment to take some selfies.

So as I’ve already mentioned, my next marathon is in two weeks’ time and once I have completed the Wolverhampton Marathon all eyes will be on the next one in October at the Birmingham Marathon.

I’m on target to complete my challenge and am really happy with the progress. Still a long way to go though and very much taking it one run at a time.

But as you know, I’m doing all this to inspire young children in the UK and 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.

 

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.

 

 

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