Since getting the news I would be running the London Marathon I must admit there have not been many moments in my day when I haven’t felt the pang of excitement or the feeling of butterflies in the belly at the thought of joining 40,000 runners on Sunday 22nd April. I’ve spent the past three weeks enjoying my running with a renewed spring in my step, have spend hours looking at marathon training plans and running gear online, but have yet to really formulate a strategy for my training or for raising the funds to get me to the start line.
However, watching the Channel four stand-up to cancer Googlebox and The Last Leg specials on TV on Friday evening brought things back into focus as to why I am determined to be on the start line. For those that did not see either show both contained heart breaking personnel stories of families and their loved ones as they battled through the final stages of this horrid disease, all with a tragic end and all reminded me of my own experience of losing both parents to cancer.
I will be running to raise money for Brain Tumour Research UK, they are the only national charity in the UK that is purely dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours and they are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer. Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
My aim is to raise £3500 for the charity and any support given will be highly appreciated, to donate please visit my just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Riches
Back to the running…..
As I said, I have a renewed spring in my step but remain unsure of the best plan to get me prepared for my first marathon. Most online programmes seem to be over 16 weeks starting at new year so at the moment I am trying to step my running back up to three runs per week alternating between 5 and 10K in distance. I’ve recently completed two 10k events, one on country trails the other the Town & Gown event around historic Cambridge city centre, both went well getting personnel best times but if I’m honest at Cambridge I set off way too fast and struggled towards the end and getting my pacing right is a concern so any hints and tips in this area would be great.
One other development is that as a diabetic runner I will hopefully be joining the core team of a new diabetic friendly parkrun that is planned for launch in spring 2018. A great opportunity to share my experience and help others gain some of the benefits that I have seen in my own health and wellbeing since taking up running just over twelve months ago.
Hopefully by the time of my next blog I will have my plans in place and I will be well on my way to achieving my goals.
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