It’s 2018, and what does that mean? It’s the year I’ll be tackling the London Marathon, for Marie Curie!
Training is underway, but I’ve kept things quiet until now and could count on one hand the number of people who knew until just a few days ago.
Like many people I have a bucket list, and it is somewhat varied. A marathon has always sort of been on there, but as my family and friends will know working out isn’t high on my agenda; motor sport, football, baking and other activities always appear first.
I applied through the ballot for the marathon without success, and found you can apply for charity places. Quite simply, I would only apply for a charity which had a personal meaning for me and Marie Curie supported us when my Father in Law was ill.
I applied, and heard nothing, until a phone call one afternoon; I thought it was a prank call, but it was true; Marie Curie offered me a place!
The long and short of it is I said yes. Now being realistic, I won’t be running all 26.2 miles and some purists or those focussed on time will have their opinion on that. For me, I simply want to complete the distance whilst raising as much money for charity as possible.
At the moment, it’s about training every other day and building up miles in my legs having gone from no exercise/distance to training for a marathon. I’ve been surprised how much I’ve enjoyed it and just getting out. There’s a tough 16/17 weeks ahead, but it will be worth it! (Incase anybody wonders, I have had medical sign-off to do this, especially after the October car accident. Given I’m going for a finish not a time I’ve been told I can go for it).