Running Life

Marathon Training Week Sixteen

Runs – 4

Miles – 21.52

Pace – 8.54/mile

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
3.37 mile run 3 mile run Rest 5.07 mile run Yoga Rest 10 mile run
 29:13 27:36  45:30 1 hour 1:29:17

It’s official.  Tapering is the worst part of marathon training.  You would have that, after weeks of steadily increasing mileage, the reduction in training might be pleasant relief.  And yet it really isn’t.  It just feels odd – I can’t relax because I know I’m running a marathon in two weeks!  I’m nervous about losing my fitness and stamina before the run – I’m told I won’t but…  After weeks of having to push myself further and further, the challenge is suddenly to do not much at all, just to look after myself and stay fit and healthy.

So I really don’t have many insights this week.  I ran; I ran the fastest 10 miles yet today so that’s good.  Attention is turning to getting ready to head to Uganda next weekend (plus a little birthday in the meantime).

It feels like the quiet before the storm…

Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the last few weeks and especially to those who have already donated.  If you would like to support my fundraising efforts in support of the women of Masaka, please head over to my fundraising page 🙂

The project all about improving the lives of vulnerable women! In Masaka, they work in partnership with the women’s prison, as the standards of these institutions are normally very low, to ensure the women have basic hygiene. This situation is often made worse, by the fact that the women are often imprisoned wrongly and sometimes are even pregnant when arrested. Therefore, the project currently supports 70 women and 20 children in the prison, proving basic supplies for hygiene and dignity, such as sanitary pads and nappies.

Previous runners have helped this project by setting up a manufacturing process for these products to make it a sustainably financial system (previously it wasn’t). This year, your support will furthering their business model and the project’s sustainability, so they can help even more vulnerable women!

This is where your money will go:

  • £80 allows for a chilled juice dispenser to be brought – this will allow the women to start up a sustainable business.
  • £130 pays rent for one month for a centrally located shop so 3 women can be employed in their own start-up.
  • 50p buys all the material needed to make 6 sanitary pads in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way.



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