The London Marathon Ballot results were released earlier this week and unfortunately I didn’t get a place. I’ve applied 4 times before and have received the dreaded ‘NO’ each year. I’ve got some cool jumpers over the years, but never the YES that I’ve wanted.
The first time I applied (and was rejected) was back in 2014, however, was also the year I was fortunate enough to gain a place on the Children with Cancer UK team. I absolutely LOVED the whole experience and as a charity, CwC were so supportive throughout.
In 2015, I gained myself another charity spot, but with only 4 weeks to go until the big day, really unfortunately had to pull out due to a bad injury. I was absolutely devastated (I think cried for a few days!) and have been struggling on and off since then with the same injury and pain. I finally believe I’m back in a good place and have been training hard at the gym.
After receiving my rejection email on Tuesday, I had convinced myself that 2017 wouldn’t be my year.
I had a change of heart on Wednesday morning and got back in contact with Children with Cancer UK. I spoke to the lovely Emily, who has been there since I first began my Marathon journey and we chatted about the previous years and what I wanted to achieve this year coming. To my delight I was offered a place there and then as part of the Mr Men and Little Miss Team and could hardly contain my excitement on the phone (sorry Emily for shrieking down the phone at you!).
I honestly cannot wait to begin my journey again and have set myself a few personal and fundraising goals:
- In 2014 I raised over £1,600 which I know will have helped so many people, but for 2017 I have pledged I would like to raise more than this! For anyone that came to the last one, I will definitely be hosting another one of the famous curry and quiz nights. Charity fundraising for the marathon is so inspiring and I admire those who go out of their way to help others.
- My previous time was 3 hours 54 minutes and 20 seconds, which I was so pleased about. I broke the sub 4 barrier in my first Marathon and I will be happy to achieve anything like that again. IN 2015, I think I got a bit hung up on trying to beat this and maybe one of the reasons which led me to picking up my injury.
- This time round, there will be no pressure or stress on training, I’m going to make a plan and stick it to. If I miss a session, then OK, no harm done and move onto a new day and new session.
- Taking into consideration the above, I am going to devise a plan on running only 3 times week, 2 sessions to focus on speed and progression and 1 run a week which will be slower but longer to gradually increase the mileage.
- And most of all, to ENJOY the whole process.
I will document my journey from now until 23rd April, so please feel free to subscribe to the blog. I will also post on the Clean Coach Katie Instagram, about my training, nutrition and recovery. 191 days to go… not that I’m counting.