Friday, 15 August 2014

The Spine Challenger 2015 - Starting to feel it....

I should be asleep, instead I'm buzzing and all excited after re-reading another article about The Spine Challenger.  It's 2 A.M. on the 15th of August, and I am wide awake and buzzing with excitement about something that will not be happening until the 10th of January next year.

This article on last years Spine mentioned a top 10 list of runners to look out for in the build up to the 2014 race. I'm thinking this year with 200 of us starting out, with 125 doing the full spine and 75 of us doing the challenger, that if there was a bookie taking odds I'd be in the 'top 10 most likely to be the first DNF'. I can assure everyone that I'm out to prove these fictional bookies wrong

I have a desk job, my scary moments come when I have to press a button and hope that nothing goes bang my scariest decisions are down to choices where I don't want to cost my company money. Frankly some of these are quite fun adrenaline filled minutes, but, doing The Spine Challenger is just so different to my normal life, that's what makes it so special, and exciting.

I am going to be out of my comfort zone from the start to the finish, reading about how Nick Mead felt when faced with having to slog up pen-y-ghent in the dark when exhausted (I'm also probably going to take 12 hours longer to get there). It's scary but also liberating, it's almost the inner cave woman wanting to come out and roar. To scream back against all our modern comforts that I really love

I'm honestly sh****g myself about this race! but in a good way! that will help me to hopefully prepare correctly.

There are all sorts of reasons not to challenge yourself, not to take yourself out of your comfort zone. But, when you do it's bloody awesome knowing what you can do.

I was talking this month to someone who doesn't see me often and he still remembers large me, and he wasn't sure if I was me, or someone else, (that makes sense to me), anyway... Back to my ramble....

Why am I doing The Spine? Because it's there and I want to do something that when I'm a boring old fart I can look back on and say I gave that my best shot, irrespective of how it turns out. Completely and utterly selfish reasons

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