So, I’m halfway, no we are halfway… in fact we are only just beginning. When I started this challenge I wasn’t sure what to expect, I’ve run 100km a few times and done my fair share of difficult challenges but I wasn’t sure what was ahead with this one.
Well it’s not just 135 miles, it’s across Death Valley in the USA - the hottest place ever recorded on earth, I explain. This is normally followed by a question: “how many days does it take?” “Well, it’s just a single run, it’s non-stop”. I enjoy the bewildered look on their face as the sheer magnitude of the challenge I’m tackling is absorbed and I begin to smile.
I was nervous at 05:29, we were heading out of the door and about to start. I’m always nervous before an endurance event, not because I don’t think I can complete it - the nerves come from the fact I know I can’t not complete it. Once I start, I know I have to finish it no matter what happens, there is no choice or exit route and that is scary.
With just over a couple of weeks to go until the 100km run, in an effort to try and take my mind of the relentless suffering that will be involved I have been thinking more about the way to engage the children in their run and make it a more challenging and inspiring event for them.
There didn't seem to much option really? We were now all back at home as a family and apart from a plaster on Allegra's chest there was little physical reminder of what had just happened but I knew then that I was going to "do something" and try and make a difference to the endless stream of families that go through those doors to Paediatric Intensive Care.