Simon – London Marathon Training

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Firstly, it feels good to be back writing again. Thank you for the continued support and interest in my writing. 

This month I take on my biggest physical (and mental) challenge yet and that is undertaking The London Marathon 2024. I started running 8 years ago, with the whole premise of training for a Bear Grylls 10k survival run. I never really thought anymore about running at that time and used it purely as a means to train for a few months for trying a challenge. However, that survival run, turned into further running challenges and eventually doing my first Half Marathon with one of my best Friends Niall. Fast forward 8 years and now I’ve done 9x Half Marathon & looking to do my first ever Full Marathon. 

So why did running stick for me? Well, I found it helped with: 

  1. My Mental Health – First and foremost I found straight away that I felt better after a run, whether it was a 20 minute run or an 1 hour run. No matter how bad my day was, or how low I was feeling, I instantly felt better after a run. I’m not saying it cured the sadness I had, but it improved how I felt that day. To this day, 8 years on, I can always count on a run to help heal my mind and reflect on the day I had. I can internal conversations with myself and think things through. Then by the end of the run, whatever was worrying me, helps become a past memory. 
  2. My Physical Health – Did you know that studies say, running 3 times a week can improve heart, lung & brain function and can help the average person live longer? Running works the whole body and I’ve noticed that I’ve maintained by weight steadily. Seeing the change in the mirror is the most rewarding, as I feel myself looking and feeling healthier. 
  3. It’s fun! – I always am of the opinion that if something is not fun then why do it? I speak to lots of people who speak of hating the gym or hating this exercise or that exercise. But that just shows you’re doing the wrong activity that works for you. If running wasn’t fun for me, then I just wouldn’t do it. Thankfully for me, I love it. But if you’re reading this and running isn’t fun for you, then find what you love and do it! You will never look back & and you will find you look forward to the activity, rather than dreading the thought of it. 

The London Marathon is a big one for me. It pushes my many triggers. I can suffer with anxiety & low confidence and the thought of being in big crowds, with lots of people watching, sends fear into my bones. Years ago, for that reason alone, I would never do this. I work on myself every day to improve my vulnerabilities & now is the time to conquer these feelings. 

See you on the other side! 

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