Training so far has been going well. Okay, except for a little blip in a 3week vacation... but other than that in the last month I have reached the great heights of a 15mile run (granted, it was by accident – blethering + running = danger); conquered my half marathon PB in an 'easy' training run; ran through all the elements (including 'monsoon' and temperatures so low my hair froze in a 'Something About Mary' stylee); been chased by dogs / squrrels / birds; and ran down the Switchback dressed as a Christmas elf. The marathon will be easy in comparison ;-)
Well the marathon programme official start date is Monday 4 January... and then the fun stops. Ho hum. So until then I shall be enjoying my new-found lightweight status this festive season before the hard work really begins.
After a few years of running the odd 10k and telling everyone 'yes, I'll do a marathon at some point in my life'... the time has arrived a bit earlier than anticipated and I have a place to run the London Marathon on 25 April 2010. For this feat I am raising money for CRY (Cardiac in the Young) in memory of Mark Gallacher, who died from Sudden Death Syndrome in 2006 at the young age of 21. The money I raise will go to the very worthy cause who work hard to prevent such tragedies by screening and conducting further research into young sudden cardiac death and offer bereavement support for those affected.