Sunday, 13 July 2014

New summer running tops

I am now the proud owner of 2 new running tops. These are my first ever sleeveless tops and I am enjoying them whilst I can over the summer season. I think I will have to purchase more in the future.This is what they look like.


As I am not in training at the moment I am swimming twice a week, tuesdays and thursdays and jogging at the weekends. As I am currently off work for the summer term I have time to run during the week too :)




I have an update regarding my last post in which I stated that I had raised £400 for Starfish. Their currency is euros and so this is the currency I send the money to them in of course. For the first time ever I made a mistake in my calculations which I didn't know until I recived my bank statement. I sent them 681 euros thinking this equated to £400 when in fact it equates to £561. I had just been paid so I don't mind, everybody wins. I will be more careful in future when I use an online currency converter :D.
Happy running one and all! xxx

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The funds are in.

Yesterday 21st of June was a good day in many ways. I feel happy as I always do when the sun is shining. As well as being the Summer Solstice, it was also International Humanist Day. I felt extra happy though as my favourite part of this whole fundraising process arrived. I emailed the funds raised this year to Starfish :D The final total was £400. I cannot stress enough how important this is and how much it means to me. If you have looked at their website you will be aware of all the amazing projects they have done since their inception and all the people in need whom they have helped. They continue to do so and this is made possible due to our help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will return when I know where I am running next year. Peace and health go with you. 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

New gear

I've just found an online bargain and thus made a purchase. Its only on for a few days but there is a sale on a women's sleeveless running top. it has the slogan ''This girl loves running''. There was a choice of 2 colours so I've gone for one of each. Black and cherry. I shall post pictures and I am excited for them to arrive. Its about time I got some new running shoes too ;) Take care!  

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Updates on fundraising initiatives.

Hi readers,

First of all, thank you for visiting my blog. I have updated my website again and tweeked out all the bugs so now all photo's etc are visible. Please visit the 'about me' page to see me with Rutger Hauer.They are treasured memories and I feel very proud and lucky to say I have attended the last 2 fundraisers in the US as prt of the Starfish team. Always happy to help! You can see my report from my last run in Chester which was 3 weeks ago now. I am still collecting sponsorship for this and it is not too late if you want to sponsor me which means you will be helping people globally in their fight against AIDS/HIV. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
http://sarahstracks.webplus.net/

I also want to tell you about another fundraising initiative which is currently ongoing. My friend John Schneiderwind is on a month long diet leading to a lifestyle change and is feeling better already. He is asking for $ per pound of weight loss and is aiming to lose 20 pounds. He is a week into this initiative and I believe today is weigh day so I can't wait to hear how he is doing thus far! Please consider sponsoring him. He is writing a fantastic blog about his experiences which you can find here:   

 http://gethealthyforstarfish.wordpress.com/

As you can see he raisng funds for The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association too. Please cheer him on and support him.
We both thank you and just by sharing this post and spreading the word about all that Starfish do you are helping.

To find out more about the non-profit organaisation we both support, please visit

 http://www.rutgerhauer.org/rutgerhauer.org/index.php

Have a nice day!

Sarah xxx





Sunday, 25 May 2014

Chester Half Marathon 2014 report

It seems like a long week to me. Only one week ago today since I did the Chester Half marathon. What a wonderful day it was. A big thank you to our friendly and accommodating landlord for making breakfast earlier for us so we would get to the run on time. It was a gloriously hot day and any other time I would welcome a beautiful summer's day but not today. So I accepted that the run would take me longer than expected. It started at 9am on the racecourse. I was wearing my Garmin runner on my wrist which Glynn bought me from christmas and started it when we got the start line and thus started to run. This was 9.10am.
In the early stages, this run has a couple of hills but it did flatten out and had great views everywhere. I would certainly do this run again. The first water station appeared at mile 3 and according to my Garmin I was 2 minutes ahead of schedule at each mile marker, i.e when I got to mile 3 I had ran 3 miles 2 minutes. This started to tally with the course at mile 6 when I went to a portaloo. There were plenty of water stations and one had a lady giving out bags of jelly beans. Two or three bands along the way as well. A very pleasant experience. After10.5 miles my fingers started to feel stiff and I flexed them abit and noticed they had swollen! This reminded me of Brighton all over again though I'm relieved to say I felt absolutely fine other than bigger than normal fingers. I was wearing my starfish ring on my left hand and tried to get it off, unsuccessfully.
I found it hard to believe I was dehydrated after all the fluids I had drank even though I was sweating and had sweets of my own. Like I say though, I felt fine and knew I was going to get the rest of the way without any problems. That is exactly what I did! In this photo on the right >>>>>
the guy photographing me from behind is my partner Glynn. How he manages to snap me during my runs like he does is amazing. Most of the pix here are his :) So when I saw the finish line up ahead of me I just ran for it, such a great feeling. I was happy to get my medal (and goodie bag) which is very big and I did feel like I had quite a weight around my neck. The clock said 3 hours and 22 minutes but my Garmin tallies with my official certificate with a time of 3 hours and one minute. I am happy with this given the weather. I had my official photo taken and then Glynn caught up with me.
Then I went to the St John's tent where I met some lovely caring folks who inquired about my fluid intake. They concluded that I had drank to much and it all went to my fingers! Hard to believe I know, the last thing I expected. They took my blood pressure which was fine and gave me a packet of crisps whilst advising me to go to hospital if things didn't improve. Once I was home for a while and just before I had a salty meal of sausage and chips, my finger returned to normal size and I was able to remove the ring. Anyway after leaving the tent I posed for some proud after run photo's with my medal.
What a day, very memorable and I am glad to have done it. I can now say I have ran around a race course as well as an olympic stadium. This run was dedicated to 2 friends who sadly passed away last year and I spent a great deal of this day thinking about them. Suzanne Fleischman-Druge Gilbert and Margaret Lynn Hall. Thank you for looking after me today ladies, miss you lots xxx The dedication on my t-shirt, which is the same both sides is unfortunately unreadable from the photo's. It reads 'This year, my angels run with me. Suzanne Fleischman-Druge Gilbert..... Margaret Lynn Hall. Dedicated to those who supported our cause, even while losing thier own battles against cancer and addiction'
    As I write I am still collecting sponsorship for The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association who help HIV positive women and children all around the world and also help spread awareness of this harrowing disease. It is never to late to sponsor me however :) I foyu would like to support me and help others in thsi way please do get in touch. No donation is too small and as a non-profit every penny, cent etc counts. Thank you very much and take care!
Sarah Murray, UK
 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

only one more...

Only one more running day left that is! Saturday will be a rest day but I will gently make my way to Chester via train, have pasta for tea and an early night. Taking the laptop of course ;) I am looking forward to saying I have ran around a racecourse. there is truly no rest for the wicked though saturday evening will see me bowling with birthday girl and good friend kirstie! xxx