We’ve hit £1000!

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone that’s sponsored us to date. We’ve hit the £1000 mark!

My recent cake sale at work raised £200.

My recent cake sale at work raised £200.

Last week I held a cake sale in Oxfam House. 13 of my wonderful colleagues baked cakes, brownies, muffins and even pinwheels (?!) for the cake sale. At 12pm we set up and by 2pm all of the cakes had been sold. We made a tidy £200 and all our customers were very satisfied.

Right now I’m planning the next fundraiser which is a handbag sale at work. I’ve had about 50 leather handbags donated and hope to sell them for between £20 and £35 next week. We hope to raise about £1000 in one go! Will keep you posted.

Me in hospital last weekend.

Me in hospital last weekend.

The training itself is currently on hold as I’ve been told not to run for 2 weeks because of some chest pains I’ve been having. I was in hospital last weekend. The doctors can’t see a correlation between my illness and my running but they’re looking into my results further. It’s unlikely that running is making it any worse. Frustratingly they don’t know what it is. They hope to give me an answer on whether I’ll actually be able to take part in the marathon on 12th March. Until then, I have to limit my running and exercise in general which is extremely frustrating. I’m also going to have to go on drugs to limit the worsening of my heart. All in all pretty rubbish.

So, the training plan’s taken a blow but to keep me distracted I’m focusing on the fundraising. It’s made me wonder why I run marathons anyway – I enjoy the fundraising bit the best!

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On track

Another 10 miles run on Saturday and after last week’s 14 miler Benny and I are feeling like we can actually do this marathon. I’m please to report no chest pains or heart symptoms although the UC is making running and general day to day not so good. It seems that long distance running means I have a permanent flare up. I’m not giving up though. Through stitches, stomach cramps, blisters and needing the loo on our 10 miles this Sat we invented our team moto; Team Fenben: we don’t stop! And we didn’t.

Runs are getting so long now I’m getting bored of the music on my iPod. So I’ve started listening to a new album every run. It’s expensive but it works. I zone out and quickly get into my ‘plodding state’. That’s when I run so much that it becomes so natural just to keep putting one foot in front of the other and rock along. I’ve never meditated but I’d imagine it’s quite a similar feeling.

We’re at that midway point where running’s ok and the distances are bearable, we’re also getting faster. The next few weeks will start to get tough as we become exhausted by our training. I’m already waking up everyday with the dull ache in my legs knowing that I’m going to have to run again that evening. My list of reasons to be motivated is right by my bed!

Motivation always comes back to the fundraising and charities. This week I had 40 leather bags donated to me by a very generous high street retailer. I’m going to do a handbag sale at work and
hope to raise around £750. At the moment Oxfam could use the money we raise to buy blankets, stoves and hygiene kits for Syrian refugees who’ve fled war and are living in freezing refugee camps this bitter winter. Oxfam’s work is literally life saving for these people. Real refugee stories on the Oxfam website have inspired me to go out and run in the cold this week. The work is amazing.

11 weeks, £4,200 to raise. Sponsor us here: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fenben
Find out more about Oxfam’s response in Syria: http://www.oxfam.org.uk