On Sunday 21st April 2013 it will be TEN YEARS to the day that I did something silly and ran the London Marathon. Since then I’m older, uglier, have given birth twice, gone back to work full-time and life is ‘stressy’ shall we say. BUT during those ten years two more things happened that changed my life forever even more so.. 1) I lost my wonderful Brother Stephen to Bowel Cancer …2) My Brother John SURVIVED Bowel Cancer…and this is why next year I shall be running for Beating Bowel Cancer!
Saturday, 20 October 2012
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
I’ve thought long and hard the last few weeks since gaining
my Marathon spot about what my training plan will be. Seeing as I’ve not
actually BEEN running yet…thinking is all I have actually done.
That and setting up a ‘JustGiving’ page and a Blog!
Yet whilst I am not a ‘Marathon Runner’ per se… I have
actually run the London Marathon before so can speak with some authority on the
subject – for myself that is! I know what my capabilities are. I know what went
wrong and more important (correct syntax
for the purposes of my Brother John and My Boss!) ... what went right for
It’s easy to be ‘romantic’ when you think back on your
London Marathon experience. It’s kind of like child-birth really….incredibly
painful at the time and then somehow you forget that and go on to do the whole
For me I got to the end of the Marathon (result really) and
said “NEVER again”. By the time I hit Chinatown that night with my medal around
my neck (I told you before, food is always on my mind) I had started saying “IF
I ever did this again, I would do this or that” … to the next morning floating
around the hotel swimming pool (as I had no ability to get out by then) saying
“WHEN I do this next time…”.
So there you have it… proof that I really am THAT stupid.
The fact is though, that for many many people the Marathon
is actually quite addictive. It’s like my Husband and Tattoos……he said he was
only doing that small little one years ago!
So now my mind is venturing back to last time and the schedule
I undertook back then, the barriers to my training, my fitness as it were… and
how I intend to tackle it all this time around.I’ve been taking a long hard look at my life as it were and I’ve remembered
·Back then I was working in the city in the day
and drinking in the pub in the evenings
·Back then I was spending full-on weekends with
my Step-Daughter and Husband and rushing around like a maniac
·Back then I hadn’t run anything since school
other than high credit card bills
And this brings me to the ‘here and now’ and I’ve realised
·Now I am still working in the city in the day
and drinking at home in the evenings
·Now I am spending full-on weekends with my two
little Monsters and Husband and rushing around like a maniac
·Now I haven’t run anything since the last
Marathon other than the school-run!
Not a lot has actually changed in reality!
So on this basis I have decided to embark on a similar
running plan to the last time around in the hope I can repeat a similar run on
the day next year!After all, I don’t
think it was such a bad attempt 10 years ago if you discount setting off with
an injury, picking up a new one along the way, being caught talking on my
mobile phone at the optimum ‘photo opportunities’ and getting side-tracked by
the handsome Fire fighters along the way ;o)