So, here's a silly thing I did.
I have signed up to run* the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October for the fabulous YouthNet. They've been online since 1997 offering impartial advice and support to young people in Britain (primarily) and worldwide. I've made some good friends through volunteering for the Respect? campaign run with the British Youth Council and within the community of service users.
I wanted to run in the Penn 7 last year for the Ian Rennie Hospice at Home, and I would still like to raise funds for them in the future, but I wasn't well for a time and wasn't able to train for it.
There will be a team of us going - not all running for the same charity - and although I don't expect us to keep up the same pace all the way it will be nice to have people at the starting line.
I went for my first run this morning and whilst it was not great, I haven't run properly for about 2 years so I'm not despairing just yet. I plan to run at least 3 times a week during Lent - more if I can, as it's also the Easter vac - and keep working slowly up to my goal. It won't be easy, but I know running does my brain and body good and I do love a challenge!
Here is my fundraising page on JustGiving, I have pledged to raise £500 for YouthNet. If 200 people sponsor me £2.50, I'll get there.
*Or at least complete!