I am running the 2013 New York Marathon for Amnesty International. I am not a runner: I am 51 and overweight.
This blog will track my journey to marathon-fitness as well as record my steps towards creating a better world: one where justice, freedom and dignity are not the birthright of a privileged few, but the deeply-held vision for all.
That's me on an early training run in Byron Bay when I weighed over 100 kg.
The Bay Run is an annual community run event. It is a 7 km circumnavigation of Iron Cove in Sydney. It is also one of my favourite regular training runs, which I usually do while my son is rugby training on one of the adjoining ovals.
It was a great event and I am pleased to say that I was the first barefooter across the line. In fact, I was the only barefooter.
My results: Official time: 38:32
Overall rank: 892 of 1881
Category rank: 59 of 89
Gender rank: 590 of 836