I’m Marta. Originally from Barcelona, I’ve swapped the balmy Spanish climate this year and am training with Roger to run The London Marathon for The Donkey Sanctuary next year!
I’ve always dreamed of running The London Marathon and Roger grew up surrounded by animals and his family have always run animal shelters. So together we share a passion for running, a love for animals and admiration for The Donkey Sanctuary’s work around the world.
Despite having been running for many years, we have not run a marathon yet – so this will be a big challenge and a challenge that we are looking forward to.
It’s November and we have five months ahead of us. It might seem like a long time, but when it comes to the London Marathon we decided that it was better to start as soon as possible!
The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder so training is getting trickier.
We’ve been told by friends who’ve been through this that one of the tough parts is that most of the training needs to be done in winter. We’ve certainly started to feel the drop in temperature – but we are determined and the training must go on!
Our plan is to do a weekly long run (starting with 21-24km and building up) and shorter but faster runs during the week.
It’s a big commitment -instead of sitting on the sofa after a tough day at work, we will have to hit the track, the park or the treadmill. But that’s why we’re doing it: it’s a challenge and we’re going to work hard to raise as much money as possible to contribute to a lovely cause.
We want to set a good fundraising target (to help the donkeys as much as possible) but we don’t want to fail by setting our sights too high. To run 42km is a huge achievement in itself! Soon we’ll be visiting The Donkey Sanctuary to see its fantastic work and find out how our funds can help. We can’t wait!