It’s the race I love to hate but every year that I can, I humbly return to the start line of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017. After all, at least I know that my husband will come and support me or in his own words:
You could say he has his priorities well and truly sorted.
And my priority for this year’s race is to finish, hopefully, sub-3:45, which I’m feeling confident about. But more importantly to raise a bit of cash for Prostate Cancer UK.
Granted, I gave up running marathons for charity a few years ago. It felt wrong asking people to donate when I was doing one at least four times if not more a year. That doesn’t mean these races were not challenging. When I get asked if marathons get any easier, I always think, no. You just become more experienced and better at knowing how to tackle it. In fact, sometimes you’re pushing your body harder, seeing if you can scrape off those seconds, inching towards that golden moment of a PB time. The pressure on you to perform comes mainly from yourself because of a belief that perhaps you can do better.
This year, however, that pressure to “bang-it-out” is off. My tact is different because I am running for one of the most important men in my life.
The man who used to push us up and down a row of garages behind our house in a wheelbarrow. He was once a strong sprinter himself and I think I inherited his strong, muscly “footballers legs”. If he doesn’t think something is right, he’ll let you know about it. Wearing his heart on his sleeve and always willing to take us on “adventures” – such as the time when we ended up lost, having to push our bikes up some mountainous region in the South of France, I think we had to stop in a graveyard for water as it was at least 34 degrees – he sure is one of a kind. And last year, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Forget times and my own personal achievements, I’m running London for you Dad. And it’s going to be the best whatever happens.
If you fancy throwing a few pennies my way, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/speedtbecsrun