Hi, I’m Megan and I’ll be running the London Marathon this year for the Throat Cancer Foundation. I thought today would be a good day to start my blog as I’ve just finished my furthest run – 3.4 miles! For a lot of people this isn’t a huge distance, but for me this is an achievement. Why? Well, if I’m being honest I’m not a runner. So, I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when I received the email telling me that I’d earned a place in the public ballot. After the initial shock which, I can’t lie lasted for the rest of the day I knew I had to tackle this challenge head on. This foundation is very close to my heart, after my grandma battled the disease over 10 years ago. She was one of the lucky ones, but if my running can help all the others fighting the big-c then the pain (which I’m feeling now in my legs right now) is all worth it.
Before Christmas I embarked on a walk/run programme to help get my body ready for the official marathon training programme I’ll be kick starting next week. So far, so good but I’m really taking it week by week. The end goal is inevitably 26.2 miles (eeek), but as long as I cross that finish line I’ll be over the moon. You’ll be hearing from me quite a lot in the run up to the big day, but I must warn you although they’ll hopefully be more good days than bad, they might not all be as positive as this. I’m very aware this is going to be one of the biggest challenges I’m yet to face in life, but I’m ready!
The idea of these blog posts is not only to keep you updated with my journey, but also to raise awareness of how vital this charity is. So, please do share my posts on social media, talk about it with your friends, and if you are feeling extra generous donate to my Just Giving page – no matter how big or small it’ll be greatly appreciated.