less than a week to go!

getting close now, I think we are ready. ould probably have done more training, but life got in the way unfortunately, moving home twice over the summer really didn’t help.

also the map preview has been published and can be seen here – http://toughmudder.co.uk/yorkshire-2013-sample-course-map/


getting close now

not long now to go…


feeling fairly confident, as I said before the event WILL be completed it’s just how long that will take which is the issue lol. I am still worried about the obsticles that involve arm strength, but I have FINALLY gone swimming and discovered that I can at least float so no drowning for me lol. A few weeks left to see if I can improve that a little so I won’t need dragging through the water ones though



as ever please sponcer me if you can, not many people have done as yet and I would really like something to go to Shelter after all this

We are actually going to die…

ok, a little dramatic maybe ūüėõ

we probably won’t die lol, and I think we will complete the event… but if it’s anywhere near as warm on the day as it has been recently I think we may both seriously overheat and so go very very slowly…

we finally got ourselves organised today and went for a run round the university. And now I am going to go for a bike ride too as the run made me feel a little pathetic so going to have an hour on the bike to make myself feel less so

why support shelter

Shelter isn’t just a homeless charity‚ÄĒit helps over a million people a year struggling with bad housing and homelessness, and campaigns to prevent it in the first place. Along with support people through other crises such are financial issues and family problems.

They also have a free advice line, helping people through some of the toughest circumstances so that no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

I have had personal dealings with Shelter too, on 3 occasions they have helped to prevent me from becoming homeless by advising me and acting as an advocate, and and 2 others they have helped to find me a place to live. Without them I am not sure where I would be now, and this can be said for many others, most of whom having had worse experiences

to illustrate how much Shelter is needed here are some statistics:

  • According to the English Housing Survey in 2011 there were 3349 homes¬†which failed to meet minimum standards (HHSRS is a system based on¬†assessments of the risks to potential tenants)
  • In England, more than one million children live in overcrowded conditions (DCLG English Housing Survey)
  • Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are around 6 times as likely as white households to be overcrowded. BME households account for more than 40% of overcrowded households. (DCLG English Housing Survey)
  • 3 million people in the UK are driven into¬†poverty¬†because of the high relative cost of their housing (National Statistics (2013) Households Below Average Income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/5-2011/12, DWP)
  • 48% of¬†children¬†in poverty live in homeowner¬†households (National Statistics (2013) Households Below Average Income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/5-2011/12, DWP)
  • Children living in bad housing are almost twice as likely to suffer from poor health as other children.¬†(Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • There is a direct link between childhood tuberculosis and overcrowding.¬†(ODPM (2004) The impact of overcrowding on health and education: a review of the evidence and literature.)
  • Mothers living in bad housing are almost three times as likely as other mothers to be clinically depressed.¬†(Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • Children living in bad housing are nearly twice as likely as other children to leave school without any GCSEs.¬†(Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • Homeless children are two to three times more likely to be absent from school than other children due to the disruption caused by moving into and between temporary accommodation.¬†(Vostanis P, Grattan E, Cumella S, Winchester C (1997) Psychosocial functioning of homeless children Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 36 (7), 881-889; Vostanis P and Cumella S (1999) Homeless children: problems and needs)
  • In England, more than 55,000 homeless¬†households¬†were living in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2013 (DCLG Homelessness Statistics)
  • In 2012 there were an estimated 6437 people sleeping on the streets in London (Combined Homelessness and Information Network)

please if you can sponsor my Tough Mudder trial in order to support Shelter in all there work –¬†http://www.justgiving.com/mudding-for-shelter

if only we could cycle rather than run…

realised today that if this was a cycling event we would be fine! Would do it no problem as did 15 miles today no problem, despite my lack of breaks (they decided to stop working this morning so I have to repair them tonight). Really need to get back onto this running thing… cycling is all well and good but totally different muscles to running so not really helping as much as you’d expect.


AND I REALLY NEED TO GO SWIMMING! The water based obstacles are starting to worry me a little… need to get to a pool soon I thinks, good exercise anyway

so stress has killed training slightly

been very stressed recently as got to move home again (long story) and this has seemingly pulled out some of the moore aspergery aspects of my brain… and so training has gone a little squiffy, as has socialising with people, and most day to day activities… Actually fear I may end up losing some friends by the end of this “episode”… Usually manage to hide most of the symptoms fairly well, other than saying the wrong thing and not always understanding phrases thing, but recently I can’t look at people properly, I can never do eye contact but I can usually at least look at peoples faces, I can’t cope with plans changing, and every time I am around people I am having sensory overloads.

It’s getting slightly annoying :/

However, despite this I plan to at least go for a few runs this week. Even if they are on my own as dealing with people isn’t great right now


So I have started using endomondo to keep track of runs and stuff

profile is here: http://www.endomondo.com/profile/9614498