Tokyo marathon in aid of CAFT

posted on January 31, 2014in the Blog Category

Tokyo marathon in aid of CAFT

As tax return “silly season” comes to an end and work pressure lightens its now time to re-focus on other things away from the office!   I took on the task of trying to complete the three World Marathon Majors that I hadn’t yet completed (New York, Tokyo and London) to try to raise funds for The Childrens Adventure Farm Trust www.caft.co.uk back in the Autumn of last year. This would see me training 5-6 days per week continuously from July 2013 until the London marathon on 13th April, so long as the body held up, and run well in excess of 1,500 miles!   However, it will all be worth it if I can raise some funds for CAFT. They are an amazing local charity doing amazing things to support underprivileged and disadvantaged children across the North West. This ranges from Children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds through to even less fortunate Children who might be terminally ill. The Charity gets no public funding and has to raise every penny of the near £1m it spends to run the farm.   So this is an update of progress and a request for sponsorship to support this very worthy cause.   Despite a hamstring niggle in the final weeks of training for the New York marathon I managed to get to the start line on 3rd November. The run was much tougher than I expected it to be as it crosses all the major bridges between the 5 boroughs of New York and they present a considerable challenge. All went incredibly well until hitting the Willis Avenue Bridge crossing into the Bronx at the 20 mile mark but that really took its toll and I was forced to drop the pace a little. The constant hill for 1 mile up the side of Central Park between miles 23 and 24 was also seriously hard work! I ultimately finished in just over 3 hours 27 minutes which I was highly delighted with.   However, I now made my first major mistake in training! Over the course of 2013 I ran a total of 1705 miles, despite a number of weeks not running for various reasons, and now realise that I should have taken a longer rest break than 5 days before starting to train for the Tokyo marathon! Unfortunately the 12 weeks training from November 4th onwards has been punctuated by injury resulting in training being way behind schedule. Initially hamstring strains caused a problem but a calf pull during a training race on 19th January sees me completely out of action right at the peak of the training schedule. Hopefully I will recover to get some valuable miles in over the final 3 weeks!   We head off to Japan on 18th February to give us time before the race on 23rd to recover from the effects of jetlag. Then we have a short holiday after the marathon to take in the sights of Tokyo before returning to training on 4th March with 6 weeks until the London Marathon on 13th April. On Sunday 6th April I will run half of the Manchester Marathon as a final training run for London.   Any sponsorship no matter how small will be incredibly gratefully received and can be donated using this link: www.justgiving.com/tonycollier4caft. It will also be a great boost to my training to know that all the pain is worth it by raising some funds for CAFT.   Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.

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