City Runs

London Marathon - part 6

March 20, 2009 - Lara Wadey

Saying the word 'Yes' continues to open many opportunities for me.

My next race was The Nike MK Half Marathon which started on the roads of Milton Keynes followed by some beautiful scenery. I was glad that the rain stayed away right up until the end of the race but am sure that the strong winds must have added at least a few minutes to most running times. MK is known to be a flat course and on a map this might seem to be the case. However I would definitely say that it isn't an 'A cup'! The real issue was the seemingly constant rise and fall of the course as we navigated the underpasses. I am delighted to report that my time was 1:54, smashing both last week's and last month's times!

I had moved on for at last I felt like a proper runner. Not only was it was the first time that I had wore a bin bag at the start of the race but I also wore a pair of Toetoe running socks, kindly bought for me by my friend Laura, in order to help stop those awful blisters. Well, if you have any blister problems, then you must try these as they are a godsend! Let's just say that I also had a Paula Radcliffe moment!

I am glad to report that my fundraising is going strong and I have raised 76% of my target of £1,600, having already reached £1,250. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me so far. Let's continue to keep giving... the sky's the limit.

Today I got the phone call I have been waiting for, a phone call that has inspired & motivated me more than anything so far. I have had confirmation... wait for it...that my brother Ross, will be joining me in the Flora London Marathon! I can't think of anything or anyone more perfect...to know that I will be sharing this day with him. Ross I know that you only have 6 weeks to train and I am going to make you bleed, but thank you for being able to share this amazing experience with me. WOW! What else will happen? Every day comes full of surprises!

Until next week...

About the author:

Lara Wadey

Lara Wadey - I started running just over 2 years ago after watching my friend Lisa run a Marathon. Inspired is the only word I can use to describe the feeling I felt when seeing her cross the finish line. I decided there and then that I was going to start running. I booked myself into a Half Marathon giving myself 6 weeks to learn how to run. I completed Bedford half marathon in 1:52 feeling very proud. I have now completed 5 half marathons and I'm ready for a new challenge.

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