Well, exciting times people.
After the excitement of entering the ballot for next years Virgin London Marathon. The British Heart Foundation ave very kindly offered me a place on their team for 2019.
I thought now would be a good time to re share our story, the reasons why the British Heart Foundation is so close to my heart and why I’m honoured to run my very first marathon for such a wonderful charity.
Where it all began
Our journey started just over two years ago. At times though, it feels like a million moons ago. On the fifth of May 2016 Ben had a heart attack. He was at work on the night shift a few hours from finishing. His best friend woke me up at around 5am to announce that he’d been shipped off in an ambulance to Broadgreen Heart and Chest Hospital in Liverpool.
That was the beginning of a huge lifestyle overhaul and refocus on what we want in life. It was shortly after this that I started running a little more seriously. Next thing I was signed up to my first 10 kilometre race for charity.
You know when they say it takes something massive to make you realise that life it too short. Well, yeah this was it.
We’ve had plenty goings on since that first day. From another heart episode a few months later to a defect being picked up and an aneurysm that now requires annual check ups.
On the other hand, we’ve given up a lot of the bad habits we had, we’ve been eating better, exercising and improving our overall fitness levels to make sure we lessen the chances of it happening again.
I don’t think we realise just how much something like this can affect those around you as well. The kids suffered, I developed an anxiety disorder and there where points where I couldn’t leave the house through fear.
The present day
Things have improved massively. We’re on the up and we’re very excited for what the future may hold. I’ve taken up running a lot more and of course, as mentioned I’ve now been offered a charity place to run the London marathon for the British Heart Foundation.
The charity were a massive help to me when things first happened. It was my go to place for support, advice and just trying to get answers to all the silly things that are often overlooked.
So here we are, roughly eight months away from running my first marathon, a target of £2,500 to raise and a blog platform to share my progress and thoughts with you all.
If you would like to donate to the British Heart Foundation and help me hit my target you can do that on my Just Giving page here.
~ Emma Allen ~
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