This is my final blog before I face the challenge of completing the 26.2 mile course of the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary. Before I have even taken that first step over the starting line, I know this has been the most incredible journey I have ever been on. My training miles now equates to over 12 full marathons.
A couple of weeks ago, I set out for my longest training run which was to push my body and mind far beyond anything I ever thought capable. It poured down with rain every single second of the 4 hours I was chasing down mile after mile of tarmac. There were no mile markers along the way, no cheering crowds, no friendly faces offering sugar rich jelly babies. It was just me and my stubborn determination. Finally finishing back at my car with a running vest which now resembled a waterlogged dress, I stopped my sports watch and looked at the miles I had achieved.
That soggy day, 3 years after failing to run 400 meters around a local park I had just stopped my watch at an incredible 18 miles. I will leave it to you, the readers, to imagine what I felt about that.
Keeping my nerves in check these final few days is almost impossible. I have my official running number: 38128 and I am on the red starting line. I will be in good company lining up with the rhinos and the guy in the diving suit. I will be proudly wearing my Donkey Sanctuary branded vest with my name in pink neon letters across the front.
Each day I check into my JustGiving fundraising page to see amazing donations, the total rising and heartfelt messages of support and encouragement for me. It is very humbling.
Working as the Centre Co-Ordinator of the Ivybridge centre, means I am surrounded daily by our loyal, and patient donkeys and the wonderful additional needs children who will benefit from the money I am raising from this challenge. Inspiration doesn’t come any better than to see the contented smile of a child’s face as they wrap their arms around the warm, trusted neck of their donkey to say thank you.
I will end my final blog to you firstly with a thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported me in any way through this training journey. It will take me 5-6 hours to get around the course, but I will get there in the end. #DOITFORDONKEYS
Secondly, I am sharing an interesting marathon fact. The average person will burn 2,600 calories completing a full 26.2 Marathon. Yes, you guessed it. That’s a lot of cake I can eat after to celebrate!
If you enjoyed my blog or have been inspired by my story or maybe it just made you smile, please go a little further by visiting my JustGiving fundraising page. Please give what you can to help me help this amazing charity provide the unique therapy services to children with additional needs as well as providing a home for life for over 2,000 donkeys and mules in our care.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Ivybridge