Monday, 05 February 2018 17:38

Blood Tests and HEAVY training (blog #25)

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Hi All

Hope January was a great month for you? For me every year starts as a new beginning, what has gone before has gone so its all about hope and expectation for this year to bring better than before, something that I found hard to believe at the start of 2015, 2016 and 2017 but this year is different. Why the difference? I guess that my reality has sunk in now and the joy of what I can try to do rather than what I may not be able to fills my head.

So many great things happening !!!1

Yet again, I have only had good things happen (although some have come with stressfully challenging situations attached), my latest blood test last week produced my best ever scores since I was diagnosed, an improvement that I thought was not possible. A “good” score drives so much of my life as it extends my time to dream and brings more of the previous dreams a step closer to reality.

I had some unexpected news that I had been nominated and was awarded the parliament backed “Points of Light Award” for the 18th January https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/prostate-cancer-uk/ I had never heard of this before but when I read about previous winners it made me appreciate how many people are trying to do good and that the sheer numbers of small steps made can make a massive difference.

Then I had some scary news about my Arctic race. I mentioned before that I am entered into the Likeys 6633 Ultra, http://www.6633ultra.com/ , I do have a choice of finishing after 120 hilly miles or if feeling fit enough carry on for a full 350 miles. I intend to complete the 350 miles however due to a necessary course change the route has been increased by a mere 30 miles now making it over a marathon longer at 380 miles, oh well just a bit more of a challenge!

Training is going well, I have been racking up over 100 miles a week of late and as much as 38 hours a week so far. Last weekend I competed in the XNRG Pilgrims 66 mile Ultra. It was frustrating that I had to walk as I know I could have run most of it but the need to protect my injured ankle and train for what I will be doing in the Arctic i.e. walking meant that I was on my feet for nearly 18 hours but as ever loved it, met some great people along the way and smiled for most of the time. I even met Sophie Raworth from BBC News who was also running it (far faster than me I hasten to add!)

My weekly column in the Sunday Mirror amazingly seems well received having done 5 to date and they have not said “thanks but no thanks” yet!

Last week was more media than I have ever done, I was on the first ever Runners World podcast, then the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire show on Friday as sadly for the first time Prostate Cancer is killing more men a year in the UK than Breast Cancer due to the great inroads they have made in breast cancer screening. This just makes me redouble my efforts to help sort out prostate cancer once and for all. Next I was on BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show and rounded off the week with an article in the Metro online, I just hope that I do justice to how serious prostate cancer is.

If you want to support my efforts to help tame prostate cancer and feel able to please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-webber6 , I would like to thank so many of you who have already helped me reach an eye watering total, just amazing. Do remember that I fund all of my own costs and take nothing from Prostate Cancer Uk.

Whilst I don’t always do personal shout outs, I must thank Richard Alexander, an excellent film maker who has been working with me for a few months now creating a documentary for TV hopefully later this year. Not only has Richard spent so much time with me and is coming to the Arctic to continue filming but he has also been instrumental in my own website that is now live  www.makethemostof.it I do hope that you take the time to have a look at it and that it in some way inspires you, feedback welcome good and bad!

I also am in the process of getting a new facebook and email system set up. I need to have a separate place for the things that I am posting regarding running/cancer/living for the day plus RBS have been fantastic at their support including turning a blind eye to me using their systems for emails (like this) so if you do or want to follow me on facebook please visit “Kevin Webber Make : The Most Of It” as I will try to post on there when racing and shortly I will start sending emails from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .If you do not want to get my emails anymore please email me back to the current address and I will not move you across, I wont be offended. Finally, as I had such good feedback to last months poem for thought you get another. This one is the majority of the lyrics of Time by Pink Floyd. If you have the time (ha ha) read the lyrics and work out where you are in the song and understand that its not too late for you to write a different ending.

Next email w/c 26 Feb when I will tell you how to stay up to date with my Arctic challenge, thanks for reading

Kev

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today And then one day you find ten years have got behind you No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking Racing around to come up behind you again The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older Shorter of breath and one day closer to death Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say


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