Your Story: Paul races ahead

Running the marathon has always been a challenge that I wanted to attempt at some point in my life. After being unsuccessful in three years of ballot attempts I decided this was the year I was going to apply to a charity to get this challenge underway.

I have always been into fitness and have even completed a half marathon a few years back, but now being under two months from race day, I can safely say nothing had prepared me for the time, endurance and commitment that this marathon attempt requires.

It’s not all bad though, I am fortunate enough that my brother will be there to run along with me. This has been a huge motivation in my running and the competitiveness between us means that we never miss a scheduled run, if he runs I run, and vice versa. 

We aim to run smaller runs during the week and attempt longer distances at the weekends when we have more time. This seems to be working well for us and we are really happy with how our training is progressing.

The hardest part of all of this is the time you have to commit to the running and some might say I’ve chosen the wrong year to do the marathon as around the same time the Family Holiday Association accepted my request to run, I welcomed my first child into the world.

So now my time is precious and I’m trying to juggle being a dad and bettering my running. But to be honest she has also given me the motivation to complete the marathon in a time I will be proud of.

As a new family we are completely invested in spending quality time together, and for us this includes holidays. So running for the Family Holiday Association allows us to provide these moments for families when they might need it the most. I just figured if I can give another family something I take for granted and happens so easily for me then why am I not doing it.

The fundraising is going really well and my wife recently organised and hosted a race night on my behalf where we raised a whopping £1800. This was obviously a huge chunk towards my overall total and has had a huge impact on training as I feel like the pressure has eased from the fundraising stand point and I can really focus on my training which should see me try and run a 18 mile route in a week or so. 

My aim is to complete the marathon in around four hours and I am confident I can do this if I keep running hard. I can’t quite believe that the marathon is next month and I know this next 7/8 weeks will fly by. 

So for now I’m just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other until I cross that finish line on the 26th April...





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