Start spreading the news
I’m leaving today (well, November)
I want to be a part of it (and I will)
New York, New York
These vagabond (err, running) shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it (and all 5 boroughs)
New York, New York
Apologies to the great Frank Sinatra there – I’m sure my version isn’t quite as snappy, but it’s a trashy way to start this blog and catch your attention. Shameless but relevant: it’s to inform you all that on November 7th 2010 I’m running the 26.2 miles of the New York City marathon…and to let you know of all the charity sponsorship details.
I admit that I haven’t updated this blog much recently. It started off detailing my 2008 training and race, then went on to my amazing sabbatical, then various random things, mostly footy. I had intended to put lots of World Cup stuff here, but then all the enthusiasm kinda drained from me when England actually took to the field.
So, what am I doing about it now? Well, I enjoyed writing about the training last time, so I’m going to do it again with my training now. I’ll throw in some footy posts, as well as at least one update about my South Africa experience (which is nearly finished anyway and is quite a story!) but generally it’s for you to know how I’m doing.
Money, money, money
With a quick swerve of tunes, we reach the important bit: I’m running for charity. Two charities, exactly. One is for seriously and terminally ill children, Dreams Come True, and the other is for a local hospice, Garden House.
You can read all about them on my Just Giving pages – what they are, what they do, why I’m running for them. The links are below and you should also see a donate section on this very website.
Every breath you take
So what do I give you back in return? Updated blog entries on my training struggles. There’s always tales of injury pain, illnesses, getting soaked, dogs trying to savage my ankles and general kill-me-now moments that I’m sure you’ll have a sadistic interest in as I prepare over the next two and a bit months.
You’ll also get to see some embarrassing photos of me. For every £200 I raise, I’ve pledged to put up on my JustGiving sites funny (but clean!) photos I have of me from over the years.
And of course, you’ll get the warm, fuzzy feeling of helping to make a difference to someone who really needs it.
So what are you waiting for? Check out my sites, read my blog, spread the news and join in.
It’s up to you…