Training last week
It appears that i am in a constant battle between trying to clock up more kms, keeping on top of my studies and getting a head start of the logistical aspects of this race. It seems that last week my studies went down and my kms went up. I managed to run a little over 70kms, which included a 30km run on the bay with very windy conditions. My friend Jim joined me for the last 16kms as i have been guiding him through the training for his first marathon in mid October. It was super having him along as I began to struggle in the final few kms and Jimbo slapped me a high five and told me to push it- Go Jim!!
I have been working pretty steadily on trying to raise the profile and subsequently the donations/sponsors for my charity- Connecting With Indigenous Communities (www.cwicvolunteers.org). It is a non-profit organisation that i established earlier this year. The concept is to send Victorian University Students to volunteer in remote indigenous Communities in the Northern Territory. We had the pilot trip this June and 8 student, studying a variety of degrees (medicine, law, sociology, circus arts & early childhood) spent a month up north. The trip was a great success and allowed the volunteers to have an insight into an integral yet largely unknown part of Australian culture.
So my goal, is not only to concur 250kms in the Atacama Desert, but to raise awareness to the inadequacies in health care, education and nutrition for Indigenous Australians. Limited awarness has turned into a lack of understanding which fosters cultural insensitivity and encourages ignorance.