Last week, I registered to take on the Brentwood Half Marathon and I’ll shortly be registering myself for the Edinburgh marathon in May. Yesterday, I sat and mapped out my training programme for the next 31 weeks to take me up to race day in Scotland’s second city, which is a scary-looking ramping up of mileage from Christmas onwards.

Like Tor1, over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be getting used to a new normality. Early rises, pre-dawn runs, strict training diet and abstinence from alcohol on all but the most special of occasions.

Any change in the normality we know and love2, it’s going to be tough. But the difficulty of the adaptations and motivations are a huge part of why I want to do this.

I want to challenge myself, I want to push myself, I want to really see what I can do with my new life, my new lungs and my second chance.

I hope this blog will help me out as well, making the whole process open and transparent and putting that bit more pressure on myself to stick with it through what will doubtless be a very trying few months.

I know I’ve got K by my side the whole way, which is a huge boost. The advantages of having family on board for challenges like this cannot be underestimated.

I just need to get my head down, focus and push on. Here goes nothing…

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