This month we have a very special blog post from a very special lady: Claire Kelly. Some might say that Claire is quite busy. She works from Banchory Chiropractic Clinic on a Wednesday as a massage therapist, and runs our pilates class and Holistic Core Restore ™ classes. She is a Mum to 3 lovely boys, has 20 marathons under her belt and has even written a book! In the next couple of days she is undertaking something huge – she will be running 12 marathons in 1 month! All for a charity that is close to her heart.
I asked Claire to share her inspirational story with us…
A marathon month
On July 1st I will starting a month of marathoning raising funds for MND Scotland. This challenge follows a year of marathoning from November 2015 to October 2016, a marathon a month. This year however I wanted (sticking with the 12 theme) to run 12 marathons in 1 month. Why? Because I can.
In October 2015 I lost an uncle to Motor Neurone Disease – this is a rapidly progressing disease that attacks the nervous system. Those living with this illness gradually lose the ability to use their bodies, it is incurable and there is (currently) no known cause. So, you see, while I can use my body and push it, I will. Because I could just as easily be the 1 in 300 people in Scotland diagnosed with MND every year.
So, the challenge for July is 12 full marathons throughout the month; some solo, most self-set, 26.2mile routes that will push me harder than any challenge I have set myself before; physically and mentally.
I will run a total of 314.4 miles in marathons alone, and potentially further as I will need to keep moving in between. This is no small challenge and although I have over twenty marathons under my belt already, I know that this distance will certainly take a toll on my body, and mind.
Ready or not
I am often asked how you train for something like this, and to be honest, I don’t know if what I have done will be enough. What I do know is that now the month is nearly upon us, I need to do my best to make sure that I stay in as good a shape as possible. I have trained on tired legs since the end of last year. I took a month “off” with reduced miles last November at the end of the 12 in 12 and in December began a run streak (running every day), initially just for that month to see if I could do it. I could, and realised that this would be a great way to make sure my body can run on tired (pardon the pun). With a minimum of 3 miles covered every day I have integrated this into a marathon training plan, that I hope will see me through July.
Running alone isn’t enough to keep me in shape though. I need to help my muscles recover. As a massage therapist I deal with many clients who I give advice to on training plans and recovery, and like many health professionals I think I can be guilty of “do as I say not as I do”, but this is far too important for me to say “I don’t have time to stretch/foam roll/massage”. This is vital for me now!
Self care survival list:
- Hydration – both while running and on the rest days
- Massage – Getting regular sports massage is a must for people in training and day to day, for maintaining the body and preventing injury
- Stretching – None of us have time for this, right? Well none of us have time for injury either so making time is key. The team and Banchory Chiropractic have put together some awesome post-run stretches for you.
- Resting – taking rest days is going to be valuable, whether that means I run at a slower pace or just ensure that I get enough hours sleep and actual proper rest we all need this.
Wish me luck
The support that I have had while I have been doing this has been overwhelming, from friends and strangers and strangers that have become friends I have been touched on so many occasions by people that have been willing to share their own stories of how their lives have been affected by MND. While of course I wanted to raise as much money as I can for the charity, raising awareness and getting conversations started has been incredible too.
Read about the 2016 Challenge searching “Mother Running Twelve” on Amazon
Donate at www.justigiving.com/12marathons12months
Claire is an experienced masseuse, specialising in sports and remedial massage and massage during pregnancy. To book a massage with Claire at Banchory Chiropractic Clinic call 07792646036.