What a week! So much has happened since I’ve last posted. I had one terrible job interview, and one great one where I was offered the job almost immediately. This means a lot of change here at Running for Clarity, but not until after the half, thank Rasillon.
So last week, some runs were cut short due to being exhausted/drained/travel. I’m ok with it. I’ve put the mileage in for 14 weeks and it’s slow taper time. I feel good, strong and healthy. I’m ready for 8 October.
Monday’s run: 4.5 miles done. I felt good.
Wednesday’s run: 3 miles on the treadmill. I was tired and stressed and needed to pack for Cardiff, so I ran 3 miles and called it a day.
Thursday’s run: 2 miles on the hotel treadmill. At this point I’d been up since half 5, taken a train for 5+ hours, and walked around Cardiff for several hours. I was lucky I got 2 miles done! I had a nice long soak in the hotel hot tub after.
Saturday’s run: 8 miles. I felt really good for most of this run, although it got really humid halfway in.
Most importantly, I’m raising money for Switchboard as part of fundraising for the Royal Parks Half.
Switchboard have been working to support and lend an ear to vulnerable LGBT+ young people since before I was born. Young people that may not have anyone else to turn to in their lives due to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, bullying and cyberbullying, and any other issues that occur in their lives.
For those of you that don’t know (and where have you been?) I recently completed my doctoral thesis on cyberbullying and the reasons why young people might engage in such behaviours and how educators in this age are NOT always able or willing to understand these behaviours and actions or have the desire to get involved.
This makes charities like Switchboard all the more important for young people who need someone in their corner, especially if they feel they are all alone. I feel very strongly about this, and if I could volunteer with them, I would be doing so in an instant. This is why in the last fundraiser we had, I put my money where my mouth is, and matched the final donation total.
In the end, I’m trying to raise awareness and money to allow them to continue to do the important work they are engaged in.
For more information on the fundraiser: https://markgatissbirthdayproject.tumblr.com/
To donate: Visit the fundraising page.