I wasn’t sure what to call this post. Ideas included ‘Emma completely loses the plot’, ‘I’ve got a confession to make’, ‘Please don’t try this at home’, ‘From zero to hero’ and ‘How not to prepare for a marathon’. Although I’ve only been running consistently since December, I’m going to attempt to make it around this year’s London Marathon. Yes I am *really* daft!
Towards the end of last year I noticed that the London Marathon was holding a competition on twitter to win places in the 2016 event.
I retweeted the relevant tweet, went to work, and completely forgot that I had entered the competition.
A couple of weeks later I received a message from the London Marathon social media team. I had been chosen at random as one of the lucky winners of the retweet competition to win a place in the 2016 London Marathon.
Wow! What had I done?
After managing to contain some of my initial excitement at work (non-runners just don’t understand), I sat down and made a list of the positives and negatives of attempting to complete the marathon distance. The positives far outweighed the negatives. I emailed the London Marathon social media team to confirm my acceptance.
I had a place in the 2016 London Marathon!
I’m being realistic about my fitness levels and what I want to achieve on the day of the race. I want to finish the marathon in one piece. I want to be smiling rather than crying at the finish. I want more of this.
I’ve decided to adopt a run-walk-run strategy from the start of the race; I don’t think that there is any chance of me running the entire marathon distance.
Perhaps I was selfish accepting a place in such a heavily over-subscribed race?
I reasoned that I might never get another chance to complete the London Marathon. I’m pretty certain that most other runners in my position would have done the same.
I have another reason for wanting to complete the London Marathon. I want to raise money for the Samaritans. The Samaritans really helped me a few years ago when I felt that I had no one to talk to. Without the help of the Samaritans I’m not sure that I would still be here.