Monday, November 5, 2018

Unfinished Business: London Marathon 2019

Back in 2015 I got geared up and ran a marathon amongst many other 10k events to raise money for Cancer Research. I had a rough time running that marathon, I struggled with back pain from the 10 mile mark, I wasn't mentally prepared for the 2 lap format, especially when the half marathon runners peeled off to get their medals at the end of the first lap. I had a suspected stress fracture that I ignored a few weeks before. I all but said: Never. Again.


Cancer Research Race for Life Marathon 2015

And yet. And yet... I always felt like I had unfinished business with the marathon distance because the experience was so grim the first time around, I have to believe it can be be better than that. And like most runners I've ever met, I'd love to run the London Marathon, even just once. For the atmosphere. For the majors. For the classics medal. Because it's home. So each year, I throw my name into the ballot and sometimes I pay out my fee and end up for the commiserations kit. This year, my jacket arrived whilst I was away on holiday. A last minute trip that we decided to take because Tom and I have had 3 family deaths this year. We had 2 last year. And 2 in 2016. And we needed some down time.

All of this set me thinking. I have a RideLondon place for 2019 (deferred because this year it was the day after my cousin's wedding), I'll be turning 30 in 2019, and because a year like this one has been left me feeling the need to DO something.

So that's how I ended up receiving a a vest this weekend for Dementia Revolution, the iron on letters which spell my name. Collection boxes and posters and I have a 20 week training plan to pencilled into my diary.

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Dementia Revolution is a special team set  up for the London Marathon 2019, a collaboration between Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society. Dementia is level pegging with Cancer in the number of our family members taken in mine and Tom's families so this is a cause that well and truly ticks the box as personal for me. I have put off seeking a charity place for VLM in a world where we can be a bit overwhelmed with charity events, but this feels like a good fit for me, and with my additional challenges this year (would be great not to be diverted and lose any miles on RideLondon this year) I hope that you'll support my incessant running whines and fundraising please. For I do declare the begging bowl to be OPEN!

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Over the coming weeks and months, you'll likely hear me talking about fundraising, I've got loads of ideas for all kinds of things, especially with Christmas coming. In the meantime though... if you'd like to donate to the cause, my online fundraising page is right HERE: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChloeMartinBrown 
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