Around this time of year a magazine drops through the door of runners that is either greeted with great joy or despair. I am talking about The Virgin London Marathon acceptance or rejection magazine.
If you don’t know what I am talking about here is the gen:
Every year tens of thousands of people apply for a place at the London Marathon. And there is an anxious wait to find out of you are one of the chosen few. That news comes via a magazine. You will either receive a magazine that effectively says “hard lines, better luck next year” (I have had that a couple of times) or “congratulations, you are in” (joyfully received!).
In October 2012 I received that wonderful “you’re in” magazine. And I trained and trained. But I never seemed to get any faster, long runs were not getting easier, my diet was not good and a half marathon broke me mentally and physically. Fortunately my brother persuaded me to defer entry until 2014, so it wasn’t a surprise that I received my “you’re in” magazine.
So this time I am determined to start and finish it. I have loved the London Marathon ever since I watched the first one in 1981. I have been up to watch it several times including see my brother complete it. I know how lucky I am to get a place and this year I am determined to make full use of it.
So I will be documenting my training, all my highs and lows and my journey towards what I hope will be a fantastic experience of completing a long held dream.
All the best,