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.
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