Writing that down and saying it out loud still doesn’t make it feel like it’s real. I truly can’t believe that I will be running the London Marathon on Sunday. I have always joked with my friends about doing this, but never did I imagine it would actually happen – especially bearing in mind the circumstances (a few gin and tonics down, need I say anymore?)
But, with that in mind I genuinely believe it was meant to be. Looking back on my first ever run I couldn’t even run for longer than 4 minutes, now I’ve managed 3 hours 42. Granted, I’m going to probably run an hour or so longer than that on the big day, but I’m praying that the crowd carries me through. It’s been an incredible journey, one that most definitely hasn’t come without its challenges and tears, but one that I will most definitely look back on with immense pride.
The support of my family and friends never ceases to amaze me, but their constant encouragement during this whole process has been nothing but overwhelming. Their kind words, and generous donations to the Throat Cancer Foundation are undoubtedly what has kept me going through all that ankle pain.
I’m not sure how many of you out there have been following my journey, but I want to send a big thank you your way too. I’m just your average London living, 25 year old who loves a prosecco or two – so thanks for checking in on my progress as I embark on one of the biggest challenges of my life so far.
Before I go, I also want to extend my gratitude to the Throat Cancer Foundation. Firstly, thank you for letting me have the honour of representing your charity at one of the biggest events in the country, but for your endless support and communication. It has been a pleasure, and I hope to continue supporting the charity for many more years, in anyway that I can.
I think it’s a given that I am going to hit a wall at some point or another, but when I do my thoughts will head straight to all those suffering with this terrible disease. My grandma’s struggle will of course be at the forefront of my mind, but so will all the other battles people are facing on a daily basis. My only hope is that my tiny contribution in the grand scheme of things, can help finally put an end to cancer.
I’ll be sure to check in after race day to share my experience, hopefully a positive one. But for now, wish me luck and I’ll see you 26.2 miles later!