Imagine having never done a marathon before and applying for three hoping to get one place, then getting all three places? That’s what’s happened to Katie Ball and she now has her sights set on the Virgin Money London Marathon in April.
Katie tells us “After being inspired by watching the 2014 London Marathon, I knew I wanted to set myself the challenge. I set my sights on my first ever marathon to be the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK. I have an uncle who is currently suffering with Parkinson’s and am so pleased to be raising money to support such a fantastic charity.”
Katie adds “Who knows.. I may catch the running bug!”
Parkinson’s UK has been working for more than 40 years to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. They have raised over £60 million and hope to make it to £70 million this year. As they say, “Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone“. One person in 500 has Parkinson’s.
When asked what she’s finding hard about the challenge, Katie said “The hardest part of the training is without a doubt just the discipline required. When it’s freezing cold and rainy and you need to be racking up the miles at 6 in the morning, it is very easy to press the snooze button and curl up in bed. I need to remember why I am running, raising money for such a fantastic cause and also to beat the little voice in my head that tells me I can’t do it. I want to be in the best possible fitness come April, so will be following the Virgin Money London Marathon Beginners Training Program, along with weekend Park Runs, the Wimbledon Common Half Marathon in March and lots of helpful tips and advice from fellow runners.”
Katie has set herself lots of extra challenges, “Along the way I am looking to smash a whole new load of ‘firsts’ during the training process: My first 5k sub 30 minutes, my first 10k sub 55 minutes and my first sub 2 hour half marathon (yeah right!) which should hold me in good stead come race day. I am NOT looking forward however to the ice baths post long runs, which I am told will help my poor legs recover!”
Before the marathon, Katie is is undertaking a January Dryathlon, bake sales and eBay clear outs, as well as “badgering friends and family“.
You can help Katie reach her target by sponsoring her via her Virgin Money Giving page.