Okay. So, I’ve done it.
I’ve entered the ballot for the next London Marathon.
The temptation to enter and run for charity has been there for a couple of years but my history with running and the love affair that keeps coming and going means I’ve never got past 10k.
I’m also aware that the ballot can be a stressful build up for people that are desperate to race the VLM and year after year people get their NO packs so I’m slightly terrified should I actually get in that I’ll take the place of someone perhaps more deserving then me? Is that wrong? Lemme know.
Well, at present I’m having a quarter life crisis, I’m hoping that I can still call it that at almost 30. I hit the big three zero in October and I’m still no clearer on the right path for me.
It’s truly demotivating and the more I suffer and dwell on the sh*t that we’ve been through as a family. The more I realise that, you know what, I need to kick myself up the a*se and get a move on before it’s too late.
After my husband had his heart attack which coincidentally was 2 years ago, I swore to make a change, to make an impact and to start living life to the full and then the anxiety hit and my life stalled.
Up until now, the furthest race I’ve taken part in was a tough 10 for Cancer Research UK which was my first official race and the realisation that running longer distances is bloody hard work.
I’ve not ran for around 6 months now as I get terrible shin splints and my anxiety has made it near impossible to go to the gym for so long that all that hard work I’d put in in 2016/2017 has well and truly been undone.
So since I’ve managed to start going to the gym again I figured now would be a good time to reintroduce running ad have something a little more challenging to get ready for.
I’ve ALWAYS loved the idea of running a marathon and whilst I’ve never really been too fussed on which one I take part in, or how I do it. I would really love this to signify the beginning of something new for me.
Well, if you hadn’t noticed, I’ve added a little marathon diary to the categories where I’m going to put all of my wins, fails, hints, tips, fears into writing and share everything I can as I begin my marathon training journey.
I’m super excited to begin and have been researching so many things like paces, diet, running gear etc to make sure that I do it right, without harm and manage to take on my first marathon.
Of course, there are SO many runs that I can take part in, I know that there is no guarentee I’ll get into the London marathon so for now I’m just going to have to keep my fingers crossed and concentrate on the small goals to begin with.
Who inspired me to apply to run the VLM? Well, no one in particular, I mean, Ben’s illness has kinda given me the kick of the butt I needed and obviously inspires me to improve and live a happier, healthier lifestyle.
The kids are hugely important and I want to make sure that they grow up knowing how to make the right choices for them, lead an active life full of fun and happiness.
And myself, the challenge to actually get to the start line is the biggest hurdle for me by far. I think if I can get to the start and complete a marathon I can take on the world. Hopefully!
Have you ran a marathon? When, how, why? Tell me more!
Let the training commence.
– Emma Allen –
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