Monthly Archives: December 2011

It’s everywhere I go

The wind.

It’s not my friend right now. No matter which way I turn, which track and path and suburban road I take, it’s always there, swirling around me.

Yesterday, I ran in Norfolk and included the Hunstanton cliffs on my route. I love that mile along the cliffs; the sea was in and it’s just a beautiful part of the run, so open, au naturel. But that wind. I turned one way and another and it was blasting into me from all sides, it felt. Where is the tail wind in this part of the world?

And of course, you’re pushing forwards and you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere. Head down, eyes streaming, it’s tough and bitter. But then, when you do arrive, it has its benefits. I made it! How did I get here? You have broken through the barriers, through wind which felt like mud, and arrived.

It’s a wonderful surprise.

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Hello! Hola!

Dirty work, but fun

Welcome to the M&M Running Club blog.

We are Maria and Laura: friends, runners and girls who like to see the world.

To this end, in February 2012, we are combining them all in a run which will be etched forever in our minds and friendship. We are teaming up to do Cruce de los Andes (Crossing the Andes); a 3-day, 106km run from Chile to Argentina. We will spend the three days in the mountains running through rivers, passing mountain villages, skirting glaciers, being eyed up by mountain goats and climbing peaks. We will sleep in tents and share dinner with the hundreds of other runners.

It will be intense, both physically and mentally, but with the Andes for inspiration and each other’s spurring on we will do it, and enjoy the journey.

We are also doing it to raise money for our respective charities. Maria is running for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research and I am running for the Pelican Cancer Foundation. The links are below should you wish to donate, which would be much appreciated.

www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/maria-pugliese/cruce

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lauramilsom1

So, this new blog will help us on our journey and we hope it will be a place to share our sweat and tears, hopes and fears, advice and tips, achievements and joys and a whole lot more on our way to Cruce and our running club beyond.