Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Can't Believe I Forgot My Bra

Yep. I had it all planned. My running kit was laid out for a week before I left for the North East. All I can think is that it was laid out a little too close to the washing basket and I must have scooped up my running bra with a pile of washing. The result: no running bra in my kit bag when I came to check everything in that far-flung hotel room in Yarm!! Aaaaah. Hubby not happy. Off we went in search of a late night opening of a shop that might sell running bras! I know I'm not big but I just couldn't go without and no amount of helpful suggestions from Hubby helped - 'take out the wire of another bra' 'go without' 'bandage yourself up'!!!! And so on.....
Well, needless to say a rather large supermarket that monopolises the supermarket industry came through with a two-storey unit in Yarm and plenty of bras to choose from.
Next morning, complete kit on I reached the start line of the Great North (or at least my allocated start point - a mile from the actual start!!) and realised I'd left my IPod in my kit bag. Suddenly no bra seemed preferable to no music!!!!!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Can't Believe I'm Blogging!

I have always avoided putting myself in the picture. I avoid being in photos to do with publicity. I don't write from a personal point of view. In all my years as a journalist and PR Manager I have only ever really 'stepped into the spotlight' twice - once when I tested out banger racing and the other when I was the guineapig of a rather unusual massage procedure! Both times I looked like an idiot. Both times I cared whether I looked like an idiot! I was young, I had an ego.
So why the hell am I giving blogging a go? I have stepped up to the plate to raise funds for two charities and when you commit to raising funds personally there is no avoiding the fact that you have to publicise the fact - otherwise no one knows you're doing it and no one will sponsor you.
I decided to set an example for Gloucestershire Young Carers. The charity has, since it began in 1993, had few people coming forward to raise funds from doing a personal challenge event so...I adopted and adapted the old adage of 'do as I say and as I do'.
Here I am - Facebooking my progress, sharing my experiences by email, Blogging and Tweeting. Well I never.
And as for looking a fool - well you can't make yourself look any dafter after you've published photos of yourself and the damage you caused from falling through a ceiling while searching out stuff for a car boot to boost funds.....

Great North Run. 20 September 2009. www.justgiving.com/jane-dyer