9 1/2 weeks: hot and sweaty

I remember when getting hot and sweaty was something to look forward to. When the act of getting hot and sweaty would be preceded by a night out dancing and completed by breathing hot fiery nicotine into my lungs.

Well as middle age hurtles rapidly towards me nights out dancing are now replaced by tray dinners in front of the television which ironically seems to bring on an exhaustion heavier than dancing so the old way of getting hot and sweaty is no longer physically achievable. Plus the hot fiery smoking pleasure has been long since stubbed out as my lungs started to shrivel and rebel, so I have had to find a new way to get my kicks and get my sweat glands producing.

Hence this leads me to marathon training, nine and a half weeks to go before the big day and I am still sporting a jelly belly which is often exposed by my limited running wardrobe. Its smaller than it used to be and to be honest not many notice it popping out to say hello around mile three as most people are fascinated by my giant chest boinging along to an invisible beat.

My trainers have holes in them as maternity pay does not lend itself to luxuries such as new shoes at the moment. However I am selling the twins on ebay so hopefully in six days, three hours and thirty seven minutes I will be able to invest in some new running footwear.

My furthest run is fifteen long miles, and this weekend I am going out for eighteen. My body is covered in vaseline and plasters nightly and I am starting to resemble a greasy jelly baby that has been blistered by a day in the sun without cream on.

I am also the happiest I have been for ages, each run makes me stronger in body and mind. I am achieving an ambition again bit by bit; I am raising money for a cause I totally believe in.

Want to add to my smiles? Pop along and add your name to my fundraising page http://www.justgiving.com/jane-blackmore. Post this blog to your twitter or facebook account. Or just leave a comment wishing me luck!

All help appreciated

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Unpacked Mummy
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 09:45:11

    I wish I had the motivation to run! I have an old injury which makes me limp if I have any impact on my left foot, so I can’t even do step classes. But there are other exercises I can do, I just can’t find it in me to do it!

    So because of this I admire you even more for what you are doing, there’s no way in hell I could even jog to the shops, let alone a marathon! I wish you the absolute best of luck with it and look forward to reading your post marathon report here after x

    P.S. Hope you fetch a good price for the twins, they should attract a higher price tag as they are a complete matching set. I assume they are still in good condition?

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  2. HerMelness Speaks
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 09:57:05

    Luck is for the ill-prepared, in which case you should be more than fine. Enjoy. HMSx

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  3. Holly
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 10:29:16

    You must have new gear! Surely an email from such a prestigious blogger as you to a sports company offering to track your progress with copious links and favourable reviews of their products would be a no brainer? I’ll do it for you if you don’t. Seriously. A woman cannot run in old trainers!

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  4. TheBoyandMe
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 11:42:53

    Well done Jane, you are doing brilliantly and should be so proud of yourself.

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  5. claire
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 19:16:56

    Good luck Jane – I really admire you – I started running about 6months ago and am now in training for a (small) triathlon, I too am doing it for a good cause and it really does spur me on and makes me remember how tough others have it and despite our crappy days, makes us cherish our little ones just that little bit more. Keep up the good work – you are a star love Claire Weir xx

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  6. @somethingblue_2
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 20:09:39

    Well done and good luck! I greatly admire anyone that has the motivation to run I’m afraid it just doesn’t appeal for me . . . Perhaps it’s the thought of receiving two black eyes that puts me off 😉 xx

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  7. helloitsgemma
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 19:17:59

    you are amazing! go you!

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  8. LincolnAndMe
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 11:59:25

    Good luck hun, you’re doing an amazing thing :o) and you’re right, every run makes you look and feel stronger in every way. You’re amazing xxxxxxx

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