Exercise, Running

My Biggest Running Challenge


In the last 12 months, I’ve gone from 10 km runner to running longer distances. 2019 is a big year for me. I ran a 10 mile race in February and my first ever half marathon in April. I had wanted to do a half marathon for quite a while and was thrilled to finally complete one.

Earlier in October, I completed a 3/4 marathon, my longest run ever. 19.66 miles. It was tough and at times I walked, but I am so proud that I did it.

My biggest challenge is drawing very near. I’ve signed up for Dublin Marathon, which takes place next week. Gulp. 27th October 2019 is the day. I’ve been training hard for 16 weeks, gradually upping the mileage each week. My long runs went from 9 miles to 20 miles over the course of 4 months. I have done all I can do.

I decided to fund raise for the Irish Cancer Society and hoped to get €500 in sponsorship. At this moment in time, my wonderful friends, family and followers have raised €750. I am incredibly moved that people, who follow thecakemum blog had sponsored me – really it means a lot to me.

This time next week, all going well, I will be a Marathoner. I have enjoyed the training, but I am tired now. Tired of the alarm going off early at weekends. Tired of always upping the distance. Hell, I’m tired of being tired!

There are some things that I’m not tired of – the social aspect, the camaraderie, the highs of having a ‘new longest run’. I’ve loved it really but I’m ready for my big day.


7 more sleeps!

De (aka thecakemum)



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