Michelle is taking part in the Thames Path 100 2013 this Saturday. The 100 mile course is a point to point race which takes runners from Richmond in South West London to the centre of Oxford. Yes, you read that correctly, 100 miles!!! Michelle shares her story:
So it's now just two days til the big 100!! My sister-in-law was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) two years ago. When she was having her operation, I was on a run and I decided I wanted to run in the dark for the time she was in theatre and this event has spiralled from there. Catherine has shown such incredible strength, courage and determination - I just wanted to do something to acknowledge this.
So this last year I have been training hard with a lot of focus. This has included many mullti day ultras and a 50 mile continuous event going into the night. I have joined a crossfit gym which has aided my strength and recovery and played around with my diet in preparation. This last 2 weeks I have been tapering my running and cut out caffeine - hoping it will then have heightened effects in the race!!
Weather conditions are not what I had hoped for and the route may have to be altered due to flooding from the Thames - but we have been assured the race will take place on Saturday, March 23rd at 10 am from Richmond and I hope to complete the 100 miles within 24 hours. I have had great support from friends and family. It 's going to be tough both physically and mentally running for such a long duration, however it is great motivation knowing I am doing it for such a worthy and fantastic cause.
To find out more and to sponsor Michelle, please visit her JustGiving page. If you are in the area of the run on the big day, please go and cheer her along!