Well, at the end of just six weeks of training, I have managed to do my final long run, and this final week before the Grizzly takes place on Sunday is about preparation, both mentally and physically...
And in many ways it is the most pleasurable part because, just before taking on a big challenge like this, you are supposed to reduce the amount of physical exercise that you do and do something called 'carb loading' which basically involves eating plenty of carbohydrates in the form of pasta, chips, baked potatoes, fruit, vegetables and drinking huge quantities of fluids to make sure that your body is completely hydrated come race day. Unfortunately the fluid must be in the form of water but these are all important preparations.
Yet again this preparation has reminded me of why I am doing this challenge, while I was in Egypt for the Sanctuary, I saw the amazing work of the teams there, helping donkeys that have wounds and injuries and also donkeys that are so malnourished because of dental problems, worm burdens, simple and easily cured things that our teams and supporters' money make a huge difference to.
I think with all of these overseas problems it is so easy for us all to ensure that charity begins at home, especially in these financially troubled times. I am just extremely grateful for the support and donations of animal lovers, and especially donkey lovers who want to make a difference, even to donkeys that they will never see or meet.
Every pound really does make a difference in helping our teams continue their work and helping the donkeys to find Sanctuary from Suffering throughout all the project countries that we work in.
So far I have received sponsorship for £615 for this run, I would love by Sunday to have made it up to £1,000 which will mean that I will be raising something like £50 a mile which, having now seen the course and the number of hills and the mud and the water and the running along the pebble beach will certainly provide me with encouragement to keep going, no matter what pain I might be in.
For those of you who are interested, you can go to the Axe Valley Runners website and follow the link to the course profile which you can see in glorious satellite, or if you have Google Earth you can even see the real detail of the terrain that I will be attempting to conquer.
Thank you for your support and words of encouragement of those of you who have already been so generous in donating and in anticipation thank you to everyone else.
All being well, next week I will let you know how I got on.