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WOW! I cant actually beleive still right now that i have been lucky enoug to make it through the final stage of target262!! I entered the intial competition with the hope that maybe I would have what it takes to get through!! When I received the e mail I could not beleive it I was sooooo shocked it took a few days for it to actually sink in after reading it a ridiculous amount of times. I had to get it double checked to make sure!
I only started running just over a year ago when i was lucky enough to be selected to run the London Marathon for the Charity I work for YMCA Derbyshire and to begin with didnt really take it that seriously... After a few runs here and there I found myself thinking about running more and more and became interested in when people engaged conversation about running. I began my first runs running i size 8 pumps Im a 9/12 and literally had no idea what i was doing! Needless to say my knees weren't to happy about this and I became injured. During this time I found myself wanting to run and found myself thinking about it...
I visited my local running shop got myself kitted out with the right size trainers and some socks that stop you getting blisters! Genius I couldn't beleive there were socks to reduce friction and prevent blisters. I felt quite embarrassed and a little silly that I didnt understand pronation and was confused when I was told that I needed trainers with support. The guy in the shop seemed very understanding (or felt sorry) and explained why I needed support trainers.
As this addiction for running gradually increased without me really even noticing I found that I was progressively getting quicker and more confident. I was really starting to enjoy myself and started to notice changes within myself. I was more motivated at work, more energetic and more competitive. I started entering lots of little races which I thouroughly enjoyed. My little boy Jack who is 5 loves to support his Daddy and is enjoying collecting my medals.
I feel I have come a long way from smoking 10/15 cigarettes a day drinking most weekends to quitting smoking and avoiding getting drunk at weekends so that I can enjoy my Sunday run/race.
I really want to prove myself by knocking 40 mins off my marathon time(4.08.43) this year and really do beleive that I can do that! I know that 40mins in one year off a marathon is very ambitious but I am very confident that I can do this! With sheer determination, guidance and support from the pros I think that sub 3.30 is within my capability. I will give it my absolute all absorbing any advice training hard and will keep you guys up to speed with my progress. ALso i would be grateful for any advice and support from you guys on the way! This will be an absolute experience of a lifetime and I can only ask that you vote for me please!
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