'Anyone can run a marathon'.
That's what someone told my dad when I was about 10 years old. 'You just need to train for it'. And so he began. He started off running on the spot in his bedroom for 10 minutes a day because he didn't want to have to stop on the road in public. Slowly he built up the miles, with no earphones, no music, no maps, no gels, no flashy gear. Just him, an old pair of shorts and the Wicklow mountains. He went on to run the Dublin and Belfast marathons among others. We all thought he was mad.
But it always stuck with me. And I always wanted to run one too. It just felt too long and too scary. Until this year.
I signed up on a whim and followed the first piece of advice I got - 'Pick a plan and stick to it'. So here I am over 5 months later having done 5 runs a week for the past 20 weeks, clocking up over 500 miles in training. I'm almost ready to take it on. For me it really is the challenge of a life time.
My longest run so far has been 20 miles. So this is where you come in... I'm hoping your donations to a great cause will get me through the final 6 miles on the day (another almost hour of running...).
So who am I running for? The final part of my story:
When my brother was 19 years old he entered the Capuchin Friary. I've been lucky enough to meet some of his wonderful brothers over the years. Their Day Centre for Homeless People in Dublin feeds hundreds of the most vulnerable people every single day. You can read about their incredible work below. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!