Neesha takes on the London Marathon for SSAFA
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"And so it starts...
Despite being slightly behind with my planning and prep (in comparison to other runners), I was keen to get into gear. Although with the best intentions my upcoming two week holiday which was due to start the following week was going to slightly hinder progress. I decided to go on holiday and focus my efforts upon my return.
Whilst I was away however my Mum (bless her), beat me to making a start on my fundraising by putting together a beautiful Christmas hamper for me to raffle. Slightly nervous at what sort of response I would get (what with being right on top of Christmas) I kept the raffle to work colleagues, close friends and family – despite my anxiety the fundraising was off the ground and I managed to raise over £300.
I had started researching marathon training programmes and to say there is a whole raft of info out there was an understatement and in fact I found it quite overwhelming. After talking to various people who had previously participated in marathon the common advice I was getting was, ‘follow a programme but whatever you do, it needs to feel right for you’ To avoid complicating the matter I decided to follow the 17 week programme published on the Virgin London Marathon website.
17 weeks from the marathon made it that I should have started my training on Christmas day... however, I had to factor in that I knew I would be having a week off of running in January for a ski holiday (with the best will in the world I knew I would never be able to run up a snowy mountain). So come 18th December the training commenced!
In a moment of madness and to show my commitment to the cause I decided to give up alcohol on the first day that I started the training programme. It seemed a good idea at the time and at any other time of the year it wouldn’t have been a problem, but with Christmas events still to come and and New Year itself it was obvious I clearly hadn’t thought this through. Still not being one to give in, I had made me decision and I really wanted to try and stick to it. Over the whole Christmas period I am pleased to say I only treated myself to a small Bailey’s on Christmas day – well deserved I would say.
The first couple of weeks of training at the end of December were good and I enjoyed having different structured runs compared to what I normally do. The question is, how will I fair as the programme goes on?"