The reason why……

So I have read every blog, training plan, article etc linked to running a marathon and how to train for a marathon. I had decided that I was going to follow the Women’s Running Magazine beginners plan which was a 16 week plan. That means that serious training was to kick off on the 23rd December. As my last post says, I have been building a base, but all of it was running without a plan, a pace or any distance in mind – junk miles as some like to call it. 

As the date gets closer, I am now wondering whether I should be following the Hal Higdon novice plan – why? Lots of people on twitter that I follower are running their first marathon and thats the plan they use. Also, I have worried that the WR plan, doesn’t seem to have many long runs!!! Now I’m not sure what I am doing. I seem to think that if I leave it to the 23rd December, I’ll know which to follow!! That is so me, leaving things right up until a deadline!

I’m not sure if it’s the looming start of the training period or a tired end of term, but I missed my long run at the weekend (actually it was a little (ok a LOT) linked to drinking too much at my staff Christmas Party!) I thought that may be I should have gone out tonight, but wrapping Christmas presents and drinking Mulled Wine won. After wrapping a few presents, I decided to watch the film ‘I am Breathing‘. The film follows a remarkable man and his wife, in his final months living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

I found this very hard to watch, but also the kick I needed, as one of the main reasons that I am running this marathon is to raise money and awareness for the MNDA. My dad was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in November 2009, and died on the 1st of July 2010. He loved that I was sporty, and I had always told him that I would run a marathon. So, when I finally got my place in the London Marathon, I knew that there was only one charity that I wanted to run for. 

My dad was an amazing man, and was very brave in dealing with this nasty disease. If there is ever a time that I feel like skipping a training run, or think that it’s too hard, I need to remember the struggle and battle that he faced every day!Image

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3 thoughts on “The reason why……

  1. Hi Rula. I am too running the VLM in 2014 for MND association. My dad has only recently been diagnosed (September) but already he has deteriorated quite a lot. I am 28 years old and am quite sporty but not a runner… I have been reading every magazine possible to try and find a training plan that I like the look of and that will help me. I’m struggling to motivate myself to get out and run at the moment as my work schedule is tough and when I’m not working onlooking after dad. I’m going to follow your blog and would love to keep in contact over our training. Your blog has already given me the kick up the bum I need xxxxxxx

    1. Great to hear from you Sarah and definitely keep in contact, I think we will all need support to get us through the long training months ahead. Can you run commute to work?? Helps fit it all in! Good luck with the training and enjoy every moment with your dad x

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