It was two days before my 28th birthday, and I sat in a hotel room in Wellington (NZ) thinking ‘bloody heck I’m nearly thirty!’
I started to think about all the things I was sure I would have achieved before thirty, and realised the time was slowly running out.
Despite never having run a day in my life, I had always been sure I would run a marathon before turning thirty. No idea why I assumed this life event would happen with no intervention from me, I just thought it would.
Now my birthday is in March, and two of the major marathons in the South East of England both occur in April (London and Brighton). Again, I always just assumed one of these would be the marathon I would run. So basically, to achieve my goal of running a marathon before thirty, I would have to run in 2017! Eeek!
Anyway, I mulled it over for a bit before deciding: ‘yes, I’m going to run the 2017 Brighton Marathon’. I decided on Brighton as you can be get a guaranteed place (unlike London where it’s balloted and you don’t find out whether your in or not until October!)
I told my boyfriend, who told me I was mad, and that he did not believe I could do it! Slowly I convinced him I was determined to try, and eventually even persuaded him to sign up too (at least he’d run before).
So we managed to sign up from the other side of the world, but had the small barrier of being in the midst of a rtw trip, meaning we couldn’t actually start running (due to the lack of running gear and no space/money to pick this up on route). Therefore we waited until our return to the UK to start training.
It’s going to be a long slog to the marathon, but I’m pretty determined to succeed. I decided to formulate a hierarchy of goals for the challenge:
1) Complete the marathon
2) Run all the way (no walking breaks)
3) Finish in under 5 hours
Basically I want to complete goal number one as a priority, and the other two are optional.
I will keep you all updated on my progress.
Wish me luck!