But, reading the magazine really reminded me of this time of year in 2007 when I had decided that I would run the 2008 London Marathon, and I was in the middle of training. I was dedicated to the cause, very proud of myself, getting fit and enjoying the experience...although admittedly my social life was taking a hit!
I made a decision yesterday that I wanted to repeat that experience and run a marathon again.
I got in touch with the RNLI who I had previously been accepted by, for a place, and asked if I could have a place for 2010. I reactivated my membership of the online running communities, and produced a training schedule (which I took home and stuck on the fridge door!) I started feeling very dedicated to the cause and when I had a mail back form the RNLI today to confirm that I could have a place, have decided there's really no turning back.
I'm incredibly unfit at the moment, and as a result of a complete lack of self-discipline at work (Google's free food is legendary!) I have put on lots of weight....so training for the marathon is going to be a completely new lifestyle for me, but at the moment I'm feeling really confident that I can do it.
In 2007 when I decided to race, I felt much the same as I do today, and if I did it once, I know that I can do it again. So, training started last night...it's going to be a slow build up but I have 6 months which is more than enough time. I'm aiming to beat my 2008 time (of 5 hours and an irritating 2 seconds) so am probably going to have to do more work than before, but I'm ready, I'm excited and I know I can do it! :D
P.S - I will be asking everyone for sponsorship nearer the time...please get your wallets ready ;)