All roads lead to York

All roads lead to York

If you’d have said to me 18 months ago that I would be starting to train for a marathon I would have laughed in your face and suggested a referral for a Psych assessment!

18 months ago I was like a blob with little or no will power, and all the running ability of a lazy tortoise. I was free to go to the pub whenever I wanted and was free to stuff my face with as much food as I wanted. Some people (including me at the time) would say that sounded perfect. Cake and beer wins over every other option, right?!

On a whim I decided to try something different and work at getting fit. I decided that I would try to see if I could run a 5k at parkrun. At the time 5k was my ‘run a marathon’. It seemed like such hard work to get from doing naff all to that point. There were folk saying I’d never do it and some folk who didn’t want me to change from the life I was living as it was good for them. Staying in the same situation gives a certain amount of security and certainty rather than the leap of faith that is sometimes needed.

From struggling to do less than a mile to be where I am now with my running has been a great journey, and I credit a heck of a lot of folk who have been mega supportive of my life changes, and I’m sure they now know the impact they have on me. The journey is more than just miles, it’s personal development too – working out who I want to be and where I want to be going in life. Who would have thought that running can affect more areas of my life than just plodding the streets.

16 weeks from now.

Today marks the start of my 16 week training plan for the Yorkshire Marathon on 12th October 2014. It ain’t gonna be a walk in the park, but it is less than 9 parkruns!

I am under no illusion that the next 16 weeks are going to be a massive test for me and I love a good challenge. Sometimes the end point is worth all the pain and effort in the meantime. I’m going to be running five days a week for the next four months, and my plan sets out exactly what is required of me and what I need to be doing. From now until the finish line I have 475 miles to cover in training and in races. At times I will struggle, at times it will hurt like nothing before, at times I will wonder why I’m doing it, but I am willing to push myself up that extra gear to go and do this.

Sometimes you just need to accept what you need to do and crack on. If you want something, and are willing to fight for it, then you just need to knuckle down, take any pain that comes along the way and think of that end goal. Someone told me that at times I need to just ‘man up’ and get on with stuff regardless of whatever is thrown at me. Now is the time for me to take that on and go for it.

So in advance, please bear with me through the next four months. I promise that I will give it my absolute all and if I’m not smiling I probably am under the surface. I have a great opportunity to achieve something amazing here and am looking forward to that end goal of becoming a marathon runner. Sometimes that leap of faith is easier when you know you have others around who would catch you if you fall. The #machine may malfunction at times, but will keep going whenever possible!

In the meantime, if anyone would like to support me in this, any donation and sponsorship to would be very much appreciated. I’m only training to run a marathon, others have much harder challenges in their lives each day that you can help with as I raise money for Oxfam. Or alternatively, text LORD75 £5 to 70070 (or alternative amount).

Many thanks to everyone for showing some interest in my challenge.  #believe #achieve #inspire

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