The recent events in Boston have definitely occupied a lot of my thoughts and my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected. It was a terrible act, especially to target innocent individuals who were either running or supporting the runners on the day. I believe that it is right for the race to go ahead and the minutes silence at the start of the race will definitely add to the already emotional feeling that is synonymous with the event.
With just over 2 days to go until my first ever marathon, I would be lying to say that I wasn’t a little bit nervous. I’ve trained relatively well and despite a few injuries on the way my furthest long run was 20 miles, 3 weeks ago. Since I took up running last year I’ve ran 83 times, achieved a distance of 440 miles and burned 64,000 calories.
Most of my long runs have been 9 to 9.30 minute miles which should put me in a good place to achieve around 4 hours for the race. However, as I have never run a marathon before I’ve decided that I’m not going to run for a particular time. I’ll see how I go and of course if it’s on with a few miles to go I’ll see what I can do.
I’ve been raising money for Get Kids Going and so far including the gift aid I’ve raised almost £1,500. I’m really hoping I can get this to £2,000 following the race.