For those of you who do not know my history, I started running about 3 years ago and what started out as a bit of fun has turned into a passion. It has been fascinating running so many different kinds of races, the last challenge being The Flora London Marathon 2009 where I ran as part of the MIND Team. I personally raised £2058 of the £256,100.00 raised and many of you followed my blog here on City Runs.
My next challenge in 104 days, 7 hours and 42 minutes is the world famous New York City Marathon. The reason I decided to apply for this before I ran The London Marathon was that I knew that after this event I would be lost as a marathon really does take over your life. There is much more involved than just turning up and running 26.2 miles.
This time I have chosen to run for a charity that is close to my heart, Cystic Fibrosis, in memory of my ex boyfriend, Gavin Fallon, who sadly died from this disease some 3 years ago. Gavin this is for YOU!
For those of you who are not aware of what Cystic Fibrosis is, it is the UK's most common life-threatening inherited disease, affecting over 8,000 people in the UK. It affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food. There is currently no cure!
I have joined a local running club called The Bearbrook Joggers to help me train, to improve and to achieve my real potential.
My training kicked off with The Grant & Stone Wycombe 10k. This was my first 10k as I have only run 13+ mile races before and it involves a totally different style of running. The first and last quarter mile were on grass, there was a hill, no on second thoughts it could be best described as a mountain, rising 225 feet over 3/4 of a mile. And what goes up must come down! In spite of the fact that this must have been one of the hardest courses I've run I ended up running at a half marathon pace, enjoying the beautiful scenery as I was doing so, and finishing at 54:14.
Please stay in contact with my blogs on City Runs over the next few months when I will keep you updated on my training, races, the walls I hit, and the achievements I make.