I started running on my own in 2011, in 2012 ran my first half marathon and in 2013 ran the London marathon. I got a charity place with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with just 10 weeks to go and with only a 5k run under my belt at that point and a 2 week holiday in between it was always going to be tough. On marathon day in 2013 it became all too apparent how unprepared I was, I hadn’t really trained enough, out of nervousness and fear I drank a whole litre of lucozade just before and was uncomfortable from the word go. I got round the route but didn’t enjoy one moment of it. In March 2014 my aunt suggested I joined the Ladies’ Running Club, and I thought to myself, ‘If I want to run 10k I don’t need to wake up at 6.30am to do it’. How wrong I was – running with a group of people who really do run for fun changed everything.
I’ve made some fantastic friends, looked forward to every early run and have gone from enjoying running to loving it! With my running going from strength to strength when it came to signing up for the Malta marathon I knew it was time to take on the challenge of the full marathon once again, with nothing but the aim of getting around comfortably and actually enjoying it this time.
Once again, I chose to run for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity close to my heart. I held a bake sale at Sprachcaffe where I work to raise money for the CF Trust and was touched by the generosity of people, both donating homemade items to sell and the money they donated when buying. I shared my story with friends and once again people were so generous I managed to raise over €1000 for the charity!
This time everything was different, with my running friends and guardian angel training was a breeze. On the day itself I couldn’t believe how great I felt during the first 10k with the adrenaline kicking in I was on a total runner’s high. It started raining pretty heavily with a strong wind making it almost horizontal, but this still didn’t get me down. At 30k my body started showing signs of tiredness, and by 35k fatigue properly set in. I started doubting I could make it and this is where to me running for a good cause is so important – it gives you an incredibly good reason not to give up, to dig deep and find the energy you need to fight through. With 2k to go I could smell the finish line and got a second wind. As I crossed the finish line I felt fantastic!
For more information about cystic fibrosis you can visit http://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk