In the build up towards Christmas last year I’d been thinking about how to stay motivated to exercise during the cold, dark winter months ahead.
In previous years, I got out of the habit of whatever exercise (if anything!) I’d been doing before the holidays. January blues hit hard and the aftermath of Christmas gluttony takes a while to dissipate.
This year though I figured if I set myself a physical challenge for 2020 then I’d have to start strong in January and keep on going. What’s more, if I told a bunch of people about my challenge then I’d really be committing to it. To take it I step further, I then decided to see if I could raise some money while I was at it which definitely meant failure would not be an option! And so, the 2020 Tonne Run Challenge was born. I settled on a target of 100km (hence ‘tonne’) which seemed tough yet achievable.
I was introduced to EFTC when I joined HD Decisions about 18 months ago and more recently took part in the infamous HD Charity Challenge back in September last year. What was supposed to be a day’s tough hill walking in the UK's Lake District turned into a fight for survival thanks to some extreme weather but that’s a whole other story!
EFTC’s vital and highly effective work in Jocotenango, Guatemala delivers such a radical shift in the opportunities available to the School of Hope’s students, and I wanted to do more to support them alongside sponsoring an individual student’s education. The challenge so far has had its ups and downs, with a really strong start during the first couple of weeks of January to having to stop entirely for a week or so thanks to illness. At the time of writing I’m now in triple figures, so I feel like the challenge has really begun! If you’d like to keep up with my progress throughout the year I’ve started a blog which you can follow at: https://tonne.run/
Wish me luck!