Sponsorship and training all kicking off

This week’s been really interesting. I’ve learnt a lot about fundraising, networking and how Ben and I are going to be training together.

The great news is that we’ve had a few online sponsors (www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/fenben) from people that we don’t even know. It’s shown how talking to everyone about the challenge that we’re doing and the causes we’re raising money for really does work. Thanks to all those that have supported us to date.

My treasure map at work (previous blog post) isn’t going so well. It’s been there a week now and only 3 people have chosen a square. Outrage! However, tomorrow is Oxfam payday and I’m going to send a nice promotional email round. Fingers crossed for some more responses.

I’ve been on 2 training runs this week so far and even managed to fit one into my working day yesterday. It turns out that a cheeky 10k at 4pm then heading back into the office (in full lycra!) is a bit weird for my colleagues. Showing them blisters and other horrible parts of my feet didn’t go down too well either. I’ve learnt the boundaries now!

It looks like Ben and I will only be doing one run a week together which is probably for the best. That’ll be our weekend pace run. We did the first on Sunday and stuck to our marathon pace exactly (9 min miles) for 7 miles. We were really happy with that!

I’ve done some more work on my blog as well so please have a look around and read all about why Ben and I are challenging ourselves to this marathon.

As always, thanks for reading. Lucy x


From the beginning…

Over the next 6 months I’ll be writing this blog in an effort to document the trials and tribulations of my 2013 London Marathon journey. I’m going to be completely honest about my experience in the hope that I encourage others to challenge themselves even if they find running hard – like I do.

I took part in the 2011 London Marathon. It was first ever marathon and I ran it all on my own, without stopping. Something I’m very proud of. It was hard but there is something horribly addictive about it that makes me want to do it again. I’m not sure whether it’s the challenge of doing a better time, the challenge of actually just completing it again or whether I’m trying to prove something to myself about my various health issues (more on that later). I do know that it’s definitely a great opportunity for me to fundraise for 2 charities that I’m very passionate about: Harefield and Brompton Hospitals and Oxfam. You’ll hear more about them very soon.

This time, I’m running the marathon with someone: my lovely boyfriend Ben. It’s going to be an interesting test of our relationship! So, we have less than 22 weeks to fully prepare for a marathon. Let’s see how we get on!