Today is a very special day for me. It marks the day I completed the London Royal Parks Half Marathon exactly a year ago. Tomorrow I begin my training plan for the London Marathon in April.
I never thought I’d be a runner, I never thought I’d be someone who set their alarm on weekend mornings to go for a run yet here I am. All 16 stone of me. Now here’s the thing, I’ve known about my marathon place for several weeks now as it’s a charity place but as I’m at the heaviest i’ve ever been i’ve been putting off runs. I tell several women a week that they can start running, no matter what shape, size or ability but for some reason it’s taken this anniversary for me to listen to my own advice.
Tomorrow I will start training, it may not be fast or pretty but it’ll be a start and a few kilometres closer to that starting line. Sometimes, especially as women, I think we forget how strong we are. How we can do anything we set our minds to and that not everyone does it the same way. I need to stop concentrating on everyone else’s running and have a look at mine.
Most importantly I need to use these autumnal months (my favourite season) to fall back in love with running again.
I did manage parkrun (or rather walk) this weekend though!
Yep! That’s right, it’s VLM ballot release week! I’ve always said i’d run London before I turned 30 so next 2018 is my last chance! Unfortunately I didn’t get a ballot place but i’ve luckily got a charity place running for the amazing Ron Pickering Memorial Fund who help up and coming athletes make the transition from juniors to professionals. Past grant recipients of RPMF grants are Mo Farah and Jess Ennis-Hill. So 29 year old me is running the London marathon, who’d have thunk it?
So now begins the training, this year i’ve decided to follow an Asics training programme that’s on an app by them. I’m aiming to do 4 runs a week but I know I might not always be able to achieve this. From my time running i’ve learnt that one of the most important things is to set yourself realistic goals. By setting unrealistic goals all you’re doing is setting yourself up for failure and i’ve done that far too many times. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date here on my blog, on my facebook page and on my Youtube channel so please subscribe to stay up to date!
So now, the scary bit (apart from running 26.2 miles) raising the money! I’ve got a few ideas going around my head like:
- Pub quiz
- Virtual run
- Afternoon tea
- Customised Christmas gifts
If you’d like to donate (even a few pennies) you can here!
So yeah, in summary, at 16 stone (my biggest) i’ve decided to run the London Marathon, on my way i’ll be taking part in several different run including:
It’s going to be one hell of a ride so if you fancy doing any of these races with me, please do! Or if you want to come on a training run I can be contacted via here or my facebook page.
So, I might be fat and I might be slow but like it or not this marathon is happening!