City Runs

New York Marathon - part 5

November 09, 2009 - Lara Wadey

New York is fast approaching - 16 weeks worth of training under my belt. Now I'm off to the concrete jungle, to see the lights of New York and to experience one of the world's greatest marathons - making another one of my dreams come true.

I've found this harder than training for the London Marathon earlier this year. I'm not sure if this is because I didn't let my legs fully recover from London or because I've done more off road and cross country training. Either way I've enjoyed my training, races and the people I've met who have inspired me along the way.

When I started training for New York, my goal was to break 4 hours. However the goal posts have moved slightly as I now want to take in every moment, soak in the atmosphere, high fiving the kids, eating my way round, and looking at the sights of New York as I run. Kind of like a 26.2 mile sight seeing tour. So after doing all that I'll see how my time pans out.

The Express ∧ Echo in Exeter asked my Mum to write an article on what it's like to be my Mum. It was published over 3 days last week. If you would like to read what she wrote, following are the 3 links in order of the story. Mum you have written an honest account of what we went through as a family, I'm so grateful that I had a lovely family to support me through the ups and downs. I've had a lot of encouraging feedback telling me how you have touched people, bringing tears to many. I can't wait to finish my book to help others like I was helped. Read the article.

You're able to track my pace and location as I run the marathon using the free athlete alert service. To do this you will need my name & running number 38866 - click here.

Lara and runners

Thank you to everyone who have supported me so far in so many different ways. If you would like to sponsor me helping me raise money for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of my friend Gavin Fallon, you can do this securely via justgiving or you can contact me personally if you would rather do it offline. My email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or mobile 07801 735780. Thank you in advance for you generosity.

So let's hear it for New York. I will be writing my final blog on my return, making you all jealous of my amazing week. I wish I could take you all with me as my own personal cheerleading squad!

Love yourself and each other

Lara x

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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