I got a London Marathon ballot place!

I know its been months since the London Marathon ballot results came out and I’ve rubbish at updating the blog but as you can see from the blog title I got a ballot place in the 2019 London Marathon. I will be totally honest and admit that I’ve deferred my place to 2020 already. My foot has only just healed and I can’t run for more than 30 minutes at a time at the moment. There is no way I will be ready for this year. So, instead I’ll be cheering everybody on from sunny Florida!

Getting a London Marathon ballot place is meant to be really difficult but I seem to have a pretty good success rate! I got a place in the 2017 marathon and again for this year. I’m not sure how I have managed to be so lucky. Maybe I should start to play the lottery!

I know I’m incredibly lucky, and I have a very long time to prepare for the actual day so I am determined to complete it, and in as good a time as I possibly can. I’ve already started preparing myself both mentally and physically for the experience that lies ahead of me. I’m in a much better place this time around, but I am also three stone heavier now than I was when I started training last time!

I’ve restarted the couch to 5k programme. My next run will be the start of week 3. I’m repeating each run twice as I can really feel it in my foot and I don’t want to build up too quickly. I don’t struggle too much for breath which is something! I’ve been persuaded by a friend to join her running club. I can only make a few sessions a month though as I now work shifts in my new job.

I went to get my gait rechecked and have brought a new pair of trainers. They’re Asics ones. I’ve never ran in them before but I am a total convert! They’re the most comfortable, best fitting trainers I’ve ever run in! I can’t see me ever running in a different make again…but never say never.

I recently decided to go vegan as well. I did it for a combination of reasons but it seems to have had nothing but a positive effect on my health. I’m eating more healthily without even realising it, I have a whole lot more energy and my clothes are getting looser so I must be losing weight as well!

I’ve also started cross training properly as well. I joined the local gym and I’m doing two classes a week. I don’t like the actual gym but would use it if I needed to. However I do like the Fat Burn class and the Bums and Tums one as well. The Box Fit looks fun but I’m not brave enough to try that one yet!

I’ve also decided that to keep myself focused and on track with my fundraising I’m going to do the marathon for charity again. This time I’ve chosen to run for Dementia UK. I now work with people living with dementia and have seen the way it affects them. And on a personal level, my amazing Nan, who is probably more like my mum than my mum ever was, has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I’m really struggling to process this diagnosis. Running for a charity that will help her is really helping me. The running is helping me handle the diagnosis as well!

So I guess that means the direction of this blog will now be one of marathon training! I would hate to waste a precious London Marathon ballot place

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