As we get closer to the 2011 Virgin London Marathon we’ll be sharing a series of guest blogs from Virgin Money Giving fundraisers. The first is from Paula Hamill who regularly blogs about her marathon training at littlemissmileage.blogspot.com.
On Sunday 17 April 2011, I’m running the London Marathon on behalf of Leeds-based charity Heart Research UK.
Had someone told me – a year, 18 months ago – that’d I’d be joining 35,000 or so people to run 26 miles through the capital, I’d have laughed and heartily disagreed.
But, here I am, almost by accident, running the London Marathon.
How did that happen?
The story starts almost four years ago when I gave up smoking and began running in a regular but, truth be told, desultory fashion in an effort to combat the post-smoking weight gain. I was amazed to discover that I actually rather enjoyed it. So, I ran as part of a marathon relay team – we ran about five miles each – and completed a six mile Race for Life. I was hooked.
Then, when contemplating the big four-oh at the end of 2009, I drew up a little list of things I wanted to achieve at the grand old age of 40. Running a half-marathon seemed like a really good idea. So, I trained and, in the end, actually ran three – all around the two hour mark.
Then, in Spring 2010, I was lucky enough to meet my running buddy. After quite a long injury-break, she was keen to get back into running and wanted someone to cajole / encourage / bully her into training for the London Marathon 2011. She is running for the mental health charity, Mind.
Having worked hard with her, running a marathon seemed like a fantastic goal for me. So, when a place running for HRUK came up, I jumped at the chance.
It’s not yet 12 months since my almost-brother-in-law underwent life-saving, life-changing heart surgery – and he now cycles at least 100 miles a week. So, I’m thrilled to have got a last minute place running for HRUK – it seems really fitting.
The fundraising is going well – a huge thank you to everyone who is supporting me – and I’m staggering towards the miles-on-legs target. I’m up to 40 a week and have a 20-mile race on Sunday which will be a real milestone.
If you would like to read more about my knee-crunchingly foot-sore progress over the next few weeks, please have a look my blog, Little Miss Mileage’s Marathon Musings.
If you’re blogging about your fundraising and would like to be a guest blogger email firstname.lastname@example.org.