The more I continue to say "Yes", the more exciting each day becomes, opening up my world to opportunities.
The week started with my receiving an email from The Cystic Fibrosis Trust confirming that they would be delighted to offer me a place in the New York City Marathon in November 2009! I will be running in memory of Gavin Fallon, a man who taught me to live each day as if it were my last, a man who wasn't scared of anything. This disease took Gavin 3 years ago. I know that he will be with me for the 26.2 miles in New York.
Last Sunday I took part in the Berkhamstead Half Marathon with two friends Graham and Tara. Running through the 13.1 miles of hills in the beautiful Chiltern countryside I took 6:33 minutes off my previous half marathon time when last month in Watford I ran in 1:57 minutes, breaking sub 2:00. It appears that my training is starting to show results. What I find quite amazing is the number of faces I am recognising at each race, each week, and it makes me feel that I am a proper runner now, that I am a part of something. I wonder if people recognise my face as I do theirs?
Amway (UK) Ltd. have been generous in not only giving a donation to MIND but also providing me with their Nutrilite products... vitamins, minerals and sports energy & recovery drinks to support my body and its requirements under the strain of training. I will also be having the Amway logo printed on my vest for the big day.
Another surprise event was a phone call out of the blue from Jennifer, working with BBC Radio 4, who interviewed me mid-week. This was not about running - the subject was "After Anorexia". She is researching women who have had anorexia and then go on to have a child. One of the questions she asked was how I dealt with being underweight and then becoming a different shape and weight while I was pregnant. Talking to her really opened my eyes as to how far I have come, from how I ate when I was ill, during my pregnancy, and also afterwards, including how I eat now to give my body the right nutrition to support me in my training.
My gym, Reflextions, have shown their support by putting up a board showing why I originally joined the gym, how my view on training has changed over the years, and my preparations for the marathons coming up. All this support and encouragement is helping me enormously with my mental training, pushing me when I have those days when I want to give up, when I am tired, and when I want to say "No".
This week has been a busy yet inspiring week. I have also had a phone call informing me of some possible fantastic news, hopefully I'll let you in on that next week...