First of the Marathon blogs…

So yesterday I filled out the form to make my place for the 2018 London Marathon official. That’s right, this year I’m getting organised. I’ve got my preparation half marathons booked in, the Brighton half in February, the Bath half marathon in March and (haven’t booked it in yet) hopefully the Merthyr half marathon along the taff trail towards the end of March just before I begin tapering. Me and the London Marathon have some unfinished business. My place has actually been rolled over from last year. Last year I freaked myself out-

  • Would I be too slow?
  • Would I make it round?
  • What if I was last?

That last one was the worst one, I freaked myself out so much, nightmares of reaching the Mall and there being no one there – “sorry you’re too late”. I allowed this nightmare to scare me out of training runs, so much so that I became so behind on my training that I wouldn’t be able to complete the marathon. I’m aware this will probably be my only chance to do the London Marathon, so if I’m going to do it, I want to do it right.

My first fear, ‘would I be too slow?’ well, as long as I finish within 8 hours I won’t be too slow because I’ll still finish. A wonderful woman, an inspiration of mine and fellow member of the Too Fat to Run? Clubhouse finished within the final 10 minutes of the 8 hour cut off. She’s still a marathon runner! She’s still in the 1%. One of my fellow Run Wales bloggers finished in around the 2:45 mark, he is also amazing and I am in awe of his constant race wins but is one of these more of a marathon runner than the other? To me? No, they both crossed the start and finish lines, just in different times. I think it has taken knowing these two athletes for me to see that I can do this marathon and whatever time I get, I’ll still be a marathon runner and a London Marathon finisher.

Of course, this time round I’ll still get these thoughts, I’ll still get scared and worry but this year I won’t let take over my dreams. I won’t let anxiety win and I won’t let myself use epilepsy as an excuse.

I’ll still get that voice at the back of my head “How dare you think you can do this? You’re so fat and disgusting, you’re not a runner!” but you know what i AM a runner, no matter my size, I tie up my laces just the same as every other runner and I run, sometimes with walking breaks but I AM still a runner.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is if you want to do something, do it! Don’t let your brain tell you that you can’t do something when your heart’s telling you “yes you bloody can!”. So listen to your heart, listen to the encouraging people around you. Look out for those around you that you might be inspiring, maybe to not do a run but to just to start, to go for a walk, to take that first step, which, let’s be honest, is the hardest.

Stay tuned for more on my journey.

Peace

JJ xx

2 thoughts on “First of the Marathon blogs…”

  1. Dear jj, you are an inspiration. I’m so glad I found your blog. This was just what I needed today. I have been running/walking for 8 months now. I love it, but am very self conscious. Why do our brains make us think that we not good enough? You go girl.
    Much love Jen

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Thank you for your kind words. I really don’t know and I don’t think society does either! We are constantly told by magazines to have ‘perfect’ bodies or at the moment apparently we should all be getting ‘bikini ready’ yet when anyone over a size 12 tries to exercise they suffer abuse (by some, not by all i may add) and this leads to more and more people being afraid to exercise. I’ve found recently with more and more plus size athletes being featured in mainstream media there’s been a more positive attitude. I often go to races wearing my Too Fat to Run? (www.toofattorun.co.uk) vest, a community founded by plus size runner and blogger Julie Creffield and always get shouts of encouragement. I may be slow but at least i’m doing it! I wish you all the best with your run/walking please feel free to follow me on facebook 🙂
      http://www.facebook.com/MakeWayFatGirlRunning/

      Joey

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