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[p]*** Scroll down to read my running log, updated after every run ***[/p][p]Beginning on 26 April I'll run 67.6 K (which is 26 x 2.6) for CSIE, over 26 days. I may have to jog, walk or even crawl part of the way, but I will go the distance! This is my 2.6 challenge for CSIE.[/p][p]Those who know me well may laugh at the enormity of the challenge. I am just about to complete the "couch to 5K" programme, so running just 5K takes quite a bit of effort for me. But choosing an easy challenge wouldn't do right now. The significance of the challenge makes it a perfect fit for the significance of the help that is needed.[/p][p]CSIE (the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education) is the organisation for which I have worked since 2007. Established in 1982, CSIE is a national charity that works to promote equality and eliminate discrimination in education. We deliver talks and training, support schools to advance equality, engage in research, offer consultancy nationally and internationally, and produce a wide range of resources. Among our recent achievements is an international award (Innovative Practice Award 2016) for our equality toolkit for schools.[/p][p]CSIE receives no regular funding; its income comes from donations, from sales of resources & services and from charitable, research or other project grants.[/p][p]Right now, bookings for this term have been cancelled and, with schools still closed, an important source of income has vanished. CSIE’s future now hangs in the balance and, unless we can cover a shortfall of £2,500 per month until schools reopen, CSIE will be forced to close.[/p][p]Please do what you can to help CSIE at this difficult time. You can sponsor me, help spread the word to invite others to sponsor me, and/or set up a challenge of your own and link it to CSIE's page on this platform. [/p][p][b]Many thanks for your support, I am truly grateful to everyone who makes a donation, small or large! With your help we can keep CSIE on the map and continue to promote equality and protect children's rights in education. Thank you![/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]And here is a running diary, of sorts:[/p][p][b]Sunday 26 April 2020[/b][/p][p]First run for 2.6 challenge today, and I’m not sure if I feel more proud or embarrassed. It was also my last run from the ‘couch to 5K’ programme, so the instruction was to run for 30 minutes, the idea that I would cover 5K. Well… I didn’t. At my slow pace I only covered 4K in half an hour. I resisted the thought of keeping going to cover 5K today (or even 5.2, which is 2.6 x 2) for fear of injury. I’m sure I’ll get faster over time and will manage to cover the distance in the time I’ve set myself. [/p][p]On a positive note, the tide was high today and it was wonderful to run to the sound of waves. I also run further than I have been before, and got to see a beautiful quiet bay. Next run on Tuesday. Looking forward to it![/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Tuesday 28 April[/b][/p][p]A very wet run today, but at least I managed to go a little further: 4.14K today, hopefully I'll be covering 5K or more from next week. I set off running against the wind (and the rain) to have it a bit easier on the return leg, when I'd be more tired. I almost expected the "Your are half way" announcement to sound underwater, then didn't hear it at all and thought the voice in my phone had drowned, but then it came, nice and dry, and I knew I had run further today. [/p][p]Hardly anyone around this morning. All I could hear was the seagulls and my feet against the sand, mostly a swish and a swoosh and occasionally a splash and a splosh... And at the end of my run I even managed to stop and wish my husband and me a happy 30th anniversary today (photo attached).[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Thursday 30 April[/b][/p][p]All done for today, marginally faster, run for a bit longer and covered more ground. I won't do the maths yet, I'll run every day towards the end to cover all 67.6 km in 26 days if I have to. The good news is I got back just before it started to rain, it's 8:55 am and I'm at my desk ready for another day's work.[/p][p] [/p][p][b]Saturday 2 May[/b][/p][p]Another enjoyable run today, not so sunny but at least dry. I wrote a few messages in the sand and took photos (one included below), then left them for others to see and the tide to wipe away later. I've been working on making a video to support this 2.6 challenge, more on this soon.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Monday 4 May[/b][/p][p]Still managing to run a little faster each time, so there is still hope I'll eventually run 5K or more on one day. For now I tolerate the embarrassment of being overtaken by slow runners, confident in the thought that I am gradually getting fitter and running faster. My video is nearing completion, more details soon.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Wednesday 6 May[/b][/p][p]Is the earth's gravity different in the afternoon? I felt so heavy today, could barely run and at some point I ended up walking to stop my heart from exploding. Maybe it was the wind, or the sand that was too wet, or too dry, in places making running harder. The good news is that there were no slow runners at the beach today, or they would have all overtaken me. Quite demoralising, hope for a better experience next time.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Friday 8 May[/b][/p][p]Still feeling under the weather, managed to run - very slowly! - for half an hour and hope to make up for lost time/distance soon.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Sunday 10 May [/b][/p][p]Managed to run 5.2 K today (2 x 2.6!), so beginning to feel more confident that I can continue to run every other day and cover the full distance in 26 days. Strong wind today, and the tide not long gone out, so quite a few puddles and wet sand. Still better than running on roads, methinks. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Tuesday 12 May[/b][/p][p]A great run today, I actually enjoyed it! Just a light breeze blowing, which helped me on the final straight, just the right feel of the sand underfoot - not too wet and not too dry - and, unlike the past few days, I actually felt I had enough energy for this. Not my fastest run, but happy to have covered 5.2 K again![/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Thursday 14 May[/b][/p][p]A bit faster, a bit longer, a bit further today. 6 K today, a total of 45.7 K so far, 21.9 to go by next week. Quite some wind today, a pain to run into it on the first leg, helpful on the run back. As my running made a fresh set of footprints in the sand, I thought my efforts may enable a fresh wave of activity for CSIE.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Saturday 16 May[/b][/p][p]Not a lot of energy today, I delayed running until late afternoon. Too windy to run along the beach (got there and a gust of wind showered me in sand, it was hard not to breathe it in) so I ran along the streets and through the local parks. Slower today, but I kept going and managed to cover 6 K. This leaves 15.9 K for the final straight, probably 5.3 K on each of Mon, Tue & Wed, to complete the challenge in 26 days.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Monday 18 May[/b][/p][p]Another day of waking up tired, without the energy for a run. I left it a while hoping I'll perk up and finally went for it just before dinner, keeping it relatively short (5.2 K, twice 2.6) not to keep the family waiting.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Wednesday 20 May[/b][/p][p]Very happy to be on track to complete my challenge tomorrow. 62.2 K covered so far, just 5.4 K left for tomorrow. It was a longer, slower run this morning; it was very hot and I was frustrated that I could not run any faster on the sand, but at least I managed to cover 5.3 K. Ready for the final straight tomorrow![/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Thursday 21 May[/b][/p][p]It was more happenstance than planned or intentional, but I managed to finish the challenge today by running 10 K and exceeding my target - I've covered a total of 72.21 K in 26 days! When my counter said 5.4 K I stopped, wrote "Challenge Completed!!!" in the sand and took a picture. Then I carried on jogging along the beach, thinking I'm heading home. A fellow runner caught up with me (not hard!) and asked if I had been running by the pier earlier. I had been. You're on telly, she said. Apparently the BBC news team had been filming and interviewing people, and this runner thought I've been caught on camera. My first thought was: Do I have the energy to run all the way back to the pier? Definitely not, my mind said, the BBC team will have probably left by now anyway. My legs decided otherwise. At the prospect of some publicity for CSIE and this challenge, they just kept going. So I got all the way to the pier again (no sign of any TV crew), all the way back again, and then up past my house, through the park and back again, covering a whopping 10.01 K! I may not be able to walk for a few days, but hey, the challenge is now more than completed!!![/p]