Marathon training is definitely harder than I ever imagined it would be and I’m learning now why people kept telling me that running a marathon was 50% running strength and 50% mental strength.
If I’m being honest I’m a little behind on where I wanted to be at this stage. But I’m trying not focus on it too much as this puts me off my runs even more.
I’ve had to come to terms with the fact I may not get my time of just over 5hrs that I originally set myself and I’m looking more likely at 6 hours. But getting round is the most important thing.
I have 5 more long runs to do and I just need to make sure that I put everything I can into them.
I’ve joined a local running club Pudsey Pacers and that’s helping me increase my millage in the week. And some of them have run marathons all at various time so I’m getting lots of different tips.
This all came about after we very sadly lost our daughter Edie in October 2015 to hemiconvulsion hemiplegia syndrome. I’d already signed up for the run for all 10k series (6 in total) as my way of getting back into running after our youngest daughter Annie was born in June 2015.
The hospital were nothing short of amazing with Edie and although they couldn’t save her they gave us 4 precious days with her that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. The family support team were a great support to us during Edie’s time in hospital and following her passing.
There hasn’t just been me and my husband who have been pounding the streets (he’s run 4 half marathons so far and has the great North run left to do) lots of family and friends have got behind it too. Marathons, 10ks, 5ks, triathlons, kilt walks, tough Mudder and sky dives have all been done in memory of our beautiful and we are so proud and grateful to everyone.
It’s not been an easy time but so far there has been nearly £10000 raised for the charity and that’s something very special.
I set up my just giving page target as £2500, I have said if I get my target before the marathon I’ll run as Anna from Frozen as Edie was a massive fan but she was always Elsa.