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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.

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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.

 

73 down, 927 more miles to go

Title speaks for itself really. I’m 73 miles now into my #1000milechallenge and just another 927 more miles to run in 2017 for Children in Need.

And it’s just over two months now until my first marathon of 2017 at the Manchester Marathon. The first of four marathons this year and it will be April sooner than I know it.

Three runs this week and over 20 miles ran overall. It hasn’t been a spectacular start to my challenge but it has been a solid one and I’m thinking about the long-term/bigger picture. Just taking it one run at a time.  25-01-17-insta

Perspective

One of the inspirations for taking on my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need was seeing the many heart breaking/tear-jerking stories that were featured on the appeal night in November 2016.

There were so many stories shown which highlighted the challenges/difficulties so many families shouldn’t have to face on a daily basis. No family and young children should ever have to struggle in life. No matter where you come from, help should always be given to those who need it. The stories also put a lot of things into perspective and you can never take anything for granted in life.

By taking on my #1000milechallenge this year, I want to continue to help inspire young/disabled children to never give up in life. You can achieve your dreams if you work hard, believe in yourself and have the determination.

Speaking from personal experience, I had early learning difficulties during my early childhood days and required extra educational support. It was a very hard time and it was a time where I could so easily have given up. But the support I have had throughout my life has been incredible and actually my past experiences have made me a stronger person. I have never given up and I am proud of where I am today in life.

With the right support and the right people around you, you can achieve anything. Believe in yourself.

Please help make a difference to improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK and donate to a wonderful cause. Your donation will go to projects across the United Kingdom to help children build better lives. Please 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.

Please get in touch as well if you would like to get involved with my challenge for Children in Need. Would love to hear from you.

The 50 mile mark reached

It’s 52 miles now into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need. Three runs and 22 miles overall ran this week and feeling great.

Long way to go and I’m just taking it one run at a time. A case of so far so good and it has been a solid but unspectacular start to this year’s challenge. 21-01-17-run

Must admit training is going well ahead of my first of four marathons in 2017 with the first one at the Manchester Marathon on 02 April. This year I have also started to meditate and take up yoga and although it is still early days, I’ve already started to feel some of the benefits including tight muscles being loosened, soreness being prevented and it being a good de-stress mechanism.

Ultimately though there is still a long way to go in terms of where I want to get to fitness/running wise and I will be pushing myself even more throughout the year. But there are reasons to be positive. 

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Can’t beat avocado on toast. Clementine and blueberries and bananas with Bran Flakes.

 

As you all know, I’m taking on the #1000milechallenge for Children in Need to inspire young/disadvantaged children in the UK and to never give up. It is children like Bradley Lowery who I want to inspire.

Bradley is five years old, a massive Sunderland AFC fan and has neruoblastoma. His story has touched me and millions of people out there and it is heartbreaking what he and his family have had to go through. No child should ever have to go through what Bradley has been through and no child should ever have to struggle in life. We are all right behind Bradley in his fight against neuroblastoma.

Please donate to a fantastic cause to help children like Bradley overcome their battles. Your donation will go to projects across the United Kingdom to help children build better lives. Please 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.

Please get in touch as well if you would like to get involved with my challenge for Children in Need. Would love to hear from you.

The long road to 1000 miles completion continues

Two runs down now and 20 miles into my #1000milechallenge for Children in Need.

12 miles ran yesterday on what was a foggy but mild morning. Started at 7.45am and even though it was an early start, it was an enjoyable run once again. I will be wearing my Pudsey ears soon so watch out.

It is only just the beginning of my #1000milechallenge journey and it is going to be a very tough one. But if you want something in life, you have to work hard and sometimes be patient. And eventually your patience will come off. As they say, best things come to those who wait. 20170107_085029

After an enjoyable run, I was able to top off the morning with a nutritious breakfast. Avocado on toast seasoned with salt and pepper, blueberries and bananas with Weetabix and a Sprinula powder drink. Great breakfast.

I’m also #marathontraining for the Manchester Marathon on 02 April, so nutrition as well as fitness is going to be pivotal in how I perform throughout the year. Would love to hear from you if you have any nutritional advice and what I should be eating/drinking.

980 miles left to run in 2017 but all for a great cause. No child should ever have to live in poverty and struggle in life. By taking on this challenge, I want to inspire young/disadvantaged children in the UK to never give up in life. You can achieve anything and be who you want to be if you work hard and believe in yourself.

Seeing the tear jerking and heart breaking stories shown on the Children in Need Appeal Night really did bring home the difference your donations can make to help improve the lives of young/disadvantaged children in the UK. Seeing those stories was also another reason why I have taken on the #1000milechallenge for Children in Need in 2017. Please donate to a brilliant cause.

You can donate 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.

Also please get in touch if you would like to get involved with my challenge. Look forward to hearing from you.

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