Ohhh I’m a bad blogger. 😦 I hold my hands up and admit that I forgot about the most important event in the athletics calendar: the XT Memorial Mile.
His name was XT, and you can read about him here (if you’re a dog-lover, you might want to have a hankie nearby).
The day after he died in 2009, I went to the track in an attempt to run the pain in my heart out through my legs. Last year, deep in my running-groove, I celebrated him in the best way I knew how: by running a mile at our local track.
Since then, I vowed that the XT Memorial Mile would become an annual event, and I know a lot of you pledged to run/walk/jog/swim/cycle/whatever the distance this year.
So, we’re a couple of days late, but will you do your own XT Memorial Mile this weekend? Shall we say Saturday (tomorrow)? You can do it Sunday if it suits you better, and of course you can cover the distance wherever you like and however you want. You can even do further if you like: if you’re running a 10k, just dedicate one of the miles to XT and dearly-departed dogs we’ve all known and loved.
Please let me know in the comments if you’ll be taking part, then come back and let me know how you got on.
I don’t expect to run anything like as fast as I did two years ago, or last year! I might even run it as intervals. But I will run it.
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.