Could you walk 155 km in 4 days? #islayougotthis
'Could you walk 155 km in 4 days?' That's the question my husband asked me one evening towards the end of last year. My answer to his question was in a few parts, 'yes if I was fit, injury free and had trained... Why?' I asked.
The why is perhaps one of the easiest parts to answer. He and a group of friends have decided to organise an event to raise money for Isla, a daughter of a close friend of ours. She had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and since her first birthday, had spent most of her young life being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 155 km is significant because £155K is the amount the family need to raise to be part of a unique medical trial in New York. The other issue is due to the timing of the trial, the event has to be completed before the end of February so time is not on our side. You can read her full story as featured in the national newspapers here.
So this brings me back to the first part of my answer; if he was fit and had time to train, it would be achievable. My husband won't mind me saying this, but other than doing a 5km Parkrun once in a while he is not really fit in the true sense of the word, I mean obviously I think he is in one sense (he made me write this), but as for running a marathon or one 4 days in a row, he is not ready. As for being injury free, maybe he is, although he does suffer from lower back pain and as for having enough time to train, well no not really! So after some careful consideration they have stepped back from attempting to run the distance and decided to make it in whatever time possible. This however does not under play the significant challenge both mentally and physically they will need to overcome this distance.
This then brings me onto my involvement. I have offered to help out wherever I can and as a sports massage therapist I have had the opportunity to work with people following the London marathon however, this distance will be the equivalent of walking that 4 days in a row. They are hoping to cover 26 miles in just under 8 hours a day and I will treat whatever conditions arise throughout their training, during and after the event on the agreement I can write about it on here.
You can follow me on Twitter @sarahclarkelife, or follow my post through my Facebook page @sarahclarke.life as I am sure I will have lots to write about over the next 4 weeks.
At the centre of this event though is little Isla, who has been through so much in her young life. As a parent myself I know that you would give anything to improve the chances for your children and this cause is a great way of helping do just that. If Isla's story has touched you in any way, please show your support and donate to my husband's just giving page here. We are very grateful for any support.