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I’m back on the dreaded treadmill (affectionately known as the ‘dreadmill’) in preparation for a couple of forthcoming challenges in my life.
One is The Moodie Multi-National Marathon next March. As reported, the event, sponsored by M&M’s – is a unique initiative designed to bring together the international travel retail community behind a good cause, school-building project Hand in Hand for Haiti.
[An earlier, medieval, treadmill]
Teams of six from travel retail companies will each run one-sixth of a marathon (7.03km), with members being able to run anywhere in the world. The marathon will be conducted between 4 and 7 March 2011. Participants can run on treadmills, track or any terrain of their choice – the more exotic the better. Individual and team times will be self-timed and sent to the organisers for recording [For an entry form or more details please contact Rebecca.Mann@TheMoodieReport.com]
I plan to lead The Moodie Report team, a sure-fire incentive to get fit and also to both prepare for and recuperate from a major operation that is now worryingly imminent. Gastrectomy is a word I like about as much as dreadmill but it’s a reality to be dealt with and it’s amazing how a few days running on this modern instrument of torture has rekindled both my strength and confidence that I can cope with what lies ahead.
[A modern torture instument]
Naturally I am also back on my traditional training diet of grape juice and water – all carefully blended of course in fine New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
As any good doctor will tell you – and believe me, I now know a few – you must keep up your intake of fluids. As wine will be off limits in my post-operation days (that’s a worse prospect than the surgery), I plan to stock up on my fluids early. If my English medic objects, I shall simply change to a French doctor. Brilliant!
[Recommended runners’ diet: Grape juice and water]
My current times are hardly likely to worry any of the top runners in the race (though without the weight of a stomach to worry about I expect to be seriously quick), but I hope my desire to participate will encourage others.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to have some good fun and support a good cause. We’ve already had many entries but we would like to see a whole lot more.
So, as you sip on a fine glass of Sancerre or Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc tonight, think of my training regime and pretend you have already started your own. It’s easier than you think. Then get running. The countdown has started.