1000 Mile Challenge

In 2017 I ran 1000 miles for Asthma UK

  • January


    Shortly after midnight on 1st January 2017 I changed into some bright coloured clothes and ran my first mile of 1000. I’d trained for a marathon before over the course of 12 weeks but I’d never ran with the consistency I would need to complete the challenge.
  • February


    Miles were a little hard to come by throughout February as I recovered from an achilles injury, I ran Mile 100 at Hackney Marshes parkrun whilst visiting some friends in London. At the end of February I started my training plan for Edinburgh marathon.
  • March


    Injury recovered from March was a fun month with my first races of the year. I set a PB of 1hr 53mins at Silverstone Half Marathon and the week after ran a 2hr half marathon in a wet and hilly Wigan. I pushed for 100 miles this month but didn’t quite make it.
  • April


    I ran Sheffield Half Marathon in April and spent a lot of the month exploring the incredible countryside around Yorkshire and Derbyshire trying my hand (or feet) at a little trail running. This was the first month I’d ever ran 100 miles in a single month.
  • May


    In early May I attended the Dirty Weekend to take on a 20 mile, 200 obstacle race, needless to say it was very wet, extremely muddy and so much fun. Edinburgh Marathon was next, I’d trained hard but didn’t really train smart as I went into the race without enough rest. I finished the race but missed out on the time I wanted, it took me a few weeks to realise that just finishing the marathon was an amazing achievement.
  • June


    In June I became an Ultra-marathon runner, running 31 miles in about 7 hours. This was so much fun and I was over the moon to complete the run. Despite this being the longest run of my life it actually went by quite quickly, what can I say time flies when you are having fun.
  • July


    Do I have to talk about July? Not a great month. I had a really back chest and had to pull out from Snowdon Half Marathon the morning of the event. Making the decision to withdraw was tough but things could have been a lot worse if I became ill up a mountain. This was a good reminder of what I was raising money for.
  • August


    August was amazing, the sun was shining (as much as it can during the UK summer) and I ran 150 miles which included Mile 500 at Excel Martial Arts and Mile 600 up and down a flight of steps (don’t ask). Going into August I’d started to doubt whether I would actually finish the challenge this year but as the month went on I got stronger and stronger.
  • September


    In September I took on Man vs Mountain running up and down Snowdon, my asthma was fine this time around and I completed the event in about 6 hours. The week after I was invited to run The Great North Run for Asthma UK. This was an amazing event, running with so many other runners (including my mum) was an incredible feeling.
  • October


    I set a new half marathon PB at The Great Scottish Run in Glasgow at the start of the month and followed it up with a determined performance at Kielder Marathon a week later. Advertised as “Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon” Kielder is absolutely brutal. The wheels started to fall off my PB attempt at about Mile 21, the final 5 miles were not pretty.
  • November


    November was a month of grinding miles out. With no more races for the year I settled into a routine of easy paced runs. Once I passed Mile 900 it felt like the end was in sight and I started to plan how I would run Mile 1000.
  • December


    I did it! I ran 85 miles in December with Mile 1000 taking place on New Years Eve. I’ve experienced that “Finish Line Feeling” in so many other races but finishing Mile 1000 was something else, the culmination of a entire year dedicated to one goal. I’m incredibly proud to have achieved my goal and raised £4000 for Asthma UK in the process.