Running the Brighton Marathon

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 14:21:02 Europe/London

I have finally been given the go ahead from my sports therapist to attempt the Brighton marathon next weekend. Ankle still pretty unhappy, swollen, sprained and hurts ALOT but am going to give it a go. This event has totally taken over my life for the last 6 months and there is no way I could even contemplate deferring and starting all over again next year.


I chose what was probably the worst winter of weather for training; ridiculous amounts of snow and ice, with rain so cold it that stung my face and gale force winds so strong along the coast road that although I was running, was not actually going forward and nearly got blown into the side of a bus.

So far I have suffered sprained ankle x 2, tendonitis, a trip to A&E, cramps, dizzyness, nausea, what felt like my major organs trying to escape through my belly button, swellings, bruising, complete exhaustion most of the time and the loss of two toenails.

Countless ibuprofen tablets, litres of lucozade and kilo's of chocolate have been consumed, ice packs, frozen peas and arnica gel applied, painful osteopath and sports therapist appointments where I have been crunched, clicked and generally beaten up. Deep tissue massages that have been beyond painful as well as being up at the crack of dawn trying to force feed myself porridge without gagging to get the miles in.

And to top if off, I absolutely HATE running, no running bug caught, not even a glimmer of one on the horizon, (although not that surprising after my experience!) after next Sunday my trainers will be retired for ever and loafing will resume.

I am not prepared, not fit enough and unfortunately have not been able to get as many miles and training sessions in as I planned but I am going to give it my best shot. At the end of the day I am running to raise money for the baby unit that saved my eldest son's life when he was born suffering from birth asphyxia and I can't think of a better motivator.

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10k in the bag

Monday, 10 December 2012 14:49:09 Europe/London

Well, I completed the 10k Brighton Brooks Race! Really wanted to do it in under an hour and managed it in 59 mins and 6 seconds so pretty pleased with that.


Unfortunately though I have had to take a couple of weeks out after spraining my ankle but hope to get my trainers on again next week.


It was my eldest son’s 4th birthday on Saturday. Cannot believe how quickly that time has gone and still remember very clearly our time spent on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. I held a coffee morning up there last Monday on behalf of The Early Birth Association and took Forrest along armed with a big chocolate cake for the staff. The parents that we met all said that it was lovely to see how well Forrest was now doing and it gave them all hope for their own poorly babies.



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Running the Brighton Marathon 2013

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 13:57:00 Europe/London

Those of you that know me know I am not a runner. In fact, I worked it out and it has been over 20 years since I ran for more than a couple of minutes; to the shop, from the car in the rain etc.



I watch the London Marathon every year and it never ceases to amaze me how many people run for such great causes and I always get emotional. My husband Duncan ran the London Marathon in 2010 for the children’s charity Sparks and I have always wanted to do it so as I am neither pregnant, nor getting younger thought that 2013 would be my year!

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