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Published: December 8th 2012
A hot, hot day!
You may not know this, but I have a strange fascination with running. It's got nothing to do with using copious amounts of vaseline and wearing skimpy shorts either. Travel will always be that first special love, the one that took away my innocence, but now that I've returned to the joys of full time employment, it's this running malarchy that has stolen my affections. Maybe I'm just on the rebound?
Along with 1700 other 'athletes' I recently entered a competition in Runners World magazine for 4 months of professional training, entry to the Paris Marathon and the chance for Asics and Runners World to show the world how great they are at making a nobody like me run like a Kenyan.
Out of this 1700 that entered, I am now down to the final 4 in my category, which has now gone to a public vote. This was much more difficult than I thought. Running bootcamps, interviews, assessments, lots of frowning. I also had to answer the question "why should we pick you?" This was my response: "The first few marathons I ran, I was beaten by athletes dressed as giant condoms, telephone boxes and half the
Mr. Men cast. Since then I've dramatically improved, but many friends still view me as a 'fun-runner'. My wife stands at every finish line, rain and shine. There's not a better feeling than seeing her proud face. Although she's be happy if I came home after a sloth, I owe it to her AND myself to give a performance to be truly proud of, before the hours spent training are exchanged for nappy changing. Determination, enthusiasm and motivation to reach my goal won't be a problem. After losing several family members to cancer, with minimal training I walked 1160 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats for charity. My 15 marathons will provide a solid foundation for this experience and I'll share every high and low of this amazing opportunity."
I'd be ever in your debt if you would take 2 mins of your day to vote for me at the following link. http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/competitions/target-262-2013-on-a-plateau/496.html
They do make you register with Runners World, but it's definitely worth it to see the atrocious picture they took of me, and the absurd task they would face should I win.
If your votes are the only Christmas presents I get,
I'll be a very happy man! If you know anyone else interested in voting, feel free to forward this on.
If you want to see a video of our final assessment and see an interview with me, where upon being asked what I expect to get from this experience, I uttered the words "I run so I can eat," then please chuckle at the following link; http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/events/boot-camp-day-asics-target-262-2013/9058.html
Another aspect of the competition is to ask the shortlisted runners probing questions. If you can think of any running related questions you could ask, such as 'Why on earth do you run?' or 'Do you run because you like the feel of lycra?' or even 'Do you have moobs in your photo or is it just the wrinkles in your shirt?' then you can ask these at the following link: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/spring-marathon/vote-shadyady/234872.html
Thanks very much for any help received. My new job is quietening down now, so I hope to be back writing about my travels on here regularly very soon. Thanks fellow Travelbloggers!
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