Sometime around October 2013 , when ACLAÍ was not open long, I met a man who wanted to train with us. As usual, we met up to chat about goals, things to work on, past and present injuries, and to see if we were going to be a good fit. One of my favorite things about working at ACLAÍ is getting to meet all the amazing people that walk though our door. Everyone has their own story, their own aspirations, strengths, weaknesses, experiences, and personalities. When I meet a new member at ACLAÍ, one of the first questions I always ask, is ‘What do you want to achieve?’, so on this occasion, I asked the question, and was met with the most ambitious, outlandish, and one might say crazy, answer;
“I am going to run from Malin Head to Mizen Head next year. Its 15 marathons in 15 days.”
As I mentioned, the clientele at ACLAÍ is very varied. We have people who are in it to break records, achieve big on the GAA field, tune their health around, get back from a long standing injury, or recover from surgery, or just get into great shape, so I am used to hearing everything from ‘I want to win Gold’, ‘I want to get ripped’, and ‘I want to lose 50kg of bodyweight’…..but this was different!
The next question is nearly always ‘Why is this your goal?’ The answer this time;
“I want to raise €25,000 for the Jack and Jill Foundation.”
That was then, and this is now. Since, Michael Minehane has maintained a full training schedule built around his own family and business life. Around well over 100 strength and conditioning sessions at ACLAÍ, covered many miles on the road, completed much planning and organization, and nurtured the mindset of a man on a mission, and the journey is about to begin. On the 15th of May 2015 Michael Minehane will begin his first Marathon at Malin Head. The first Marathon of 15, with the other 14 coming on each consecutive day. That’s 15 marathons in 15 days. 365 kilometers in just over two weeks, by foot.
You might think that this is insane, or maybe the magnitude of the challenge ahead of Michael does not totally register with you, but on the 15th of May, Michael will be standing on the start line on the upper most part of this country, pointing towards the lower most part of the country, and he will get there only by foot.
The Jack and Jill foundation, whom from Michael’s niece Lucy receives support, are a very important charity, providing vital support to children and their families. They provided direct funding to families of children with brain damage up to the age of 4 who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. They also provide end of life care to all children up to the age of 4 years. These are children who as a result of their condition require intensive home nursing care.
It has been an absolute honor for us at ACLAÍ to be working with Michael in the year leading up to this event, and the progress Michael has made in his strength and mobility has been massive to date. Much of the hard physical preparation work is now under the belt, and the training is starting to wind down a bit in preparation for the mammoth task ahead. What he needs now is support. Please do something right now to support him on this journey. PLEASE do at least one of the following two things that will not take more than a minute of your time;
Firstly, you can give a donation of any amount on his MyCharity page by clicking on this link.
Secondly, leave a message of support on the event Facebook page, ‘15 Marathons in 15 Days’
The whole team at ACLAÍ wish Michael the very best on this quest!