Day 127 mile 127: Running for a good cause. I’m running at least a mile everyday this year for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association and today is part of UK Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week. As someone who was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate it is a cause close to my heart. It is something which can affect people in different ways both physically and psychologically and while the majority of mechanical and aesthetic aspects can be resolved by surgical intervention in childhood it is something you have for life.
Running a mile every day for a year has been something I have been thinking about for a while. I enjoy running, in spite of never having been particularly good at it. Personally it is not about going fast (which is probably just as well really!) rather, it’s the experience of getting out and experiencing the small details of the world around; finding and seeing new things. It’s an excuse to find a little niche of time, more excitement and marvel… and legitimately charge about the place.
I did the 2015 Manchester marathon and a few other shorter events as well. When I looked back several months later I found that in spite of doing a moderate amount of training I had only run about 400 miles over the course of the year. This included a few brutally long training runs in horrid weather. This got me thinking that in terms of work done I could have done almost exactly the same thing by running a far smaller amount, more consistently. So, I decided that running a mile a day for a year seemed like a good challenge, physically but also in terms of logistics, and mental effort. If I succeed I will certainly not be quite the same person at the end of the year. Hopefully it will also get rid of some of the Christmas 2016 Pudding!
Like many other people I have my moments of being busy with work and family and I’m quite good at being lazy as well so I realised that in order for this to work I needed to make it about more than just me pottering around the block each day. As someone with a cleft lip and palate CLAPA seemed an obvious choice to raise money for with this. It’s a strangely cathartic experience; fundraising for CLAPA has almost been a bit of a ‘coming out’. I am sure that many people with a cleft lip and/or palate have felt different or insecure at times, I know I have. At times it is just something which is just not discussed and 99% of the time is just simply accepted. It feels very different to broach the subject to people head on. The support has been astounding. If I can do a bit of good, raise a bit of cash, provide some inspiration and lose a few kilos that will be great! 🙂
On a thoroughly connected note the sun is out today which leads to astounding views from the Jubilee Path for today’s run 🙂
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1632.0 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!