Things have settled down - now that I'm single life is also a lot cheaper! I have been very busy and it has been a productive week. I finished the penultimate Semester of my degree. Hurray! I feel extremely motivated to work, study and save as much as I can in the next 6 months. That way I am ready for an adventure when I graduate, wherever that may be, but with lots of fun between now and then!
I attended the funeral of Mark Furnace, who I spoke about in last week's blog. It was very emotional. The huge number of people who attended said everything about the sort of kind, humble guy he was. Meanwhile, the publicity around my challenge continues to grow, which is helping to raise awareness. The East Anglian Daily Times newpaper ran my story on Wednesday this week.
My fundraising total is nearing £800, which is crazy considering I haven't even started my challenge! Thank you again to everyone who has donated so far. I have confirmed the tenth marathon I will be running which is the Taunton Marathon on April 3rd. Being from Suffolk, home of Aspalls, I have a weakness for cider, so Somerset is probably not a bad place to go!
Running-wise, it has been another good week, building up the speed and miles, but with some quality rest too. I go through phases of running with or without music - this week was definitely with. I normally go with one of my two favourite bands, the Arctic Monkeys and The Smiths, however this week I really got into Alabama Shakes. I love the lead singer's voice. Go check them out!
I started the week with a decent session before work on Monday - I did 11 miles with 10 x half mile at HM pace in the middle. It does feel weird running in shorts and a t-shirt in December! I hit the trails this week in Rendlesham Forest (home of the famous "UFO" sighting). On Tuesday it was pitch black so I used a head torch - it was very Blair Witch! I also did both my 20 mile long runs in the forest.
I know from experience that Christmas can be a stressful time for people with eating disorders, given that pretty much everything involves food. This time last year I had just gone cold turkey in my recovery (no pun intended). I came across a really good blog on how best to manage it, here.
This year is going to be busy over the festive period - I am swimming in the sea at Southwold on Christmas Day and running a cross country race on Boxing Day. As well as that, I have lots of old friends to catch up with, and a dissertation to finish. On Christmas Day we will also find out the sex of my brother and his fiancée's baby, so it is going to be a special day for our family - although being called "Uncle Tom" is certainly going to take some serious getting used to!
Merry Christmas to everyone, whatever you are getting up to. Thanks for reading. See you same time next week.
I am running ten marathons to raise money for Beat, the UK's leading eating disorder charity. You can follow me on Twitter here, on Instagram here, or on Facebook here. You can also sponsor me via my Justgiving page here.