So, this is my first post. I'm Jack, I've just turned 18 and my charity place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, running for Willow, has just been confirmed. Shit. 178 days until I have to run 26.2 miles. I can currently run 0.2 miles. Training is going really well, I don't even own a pair of proper trainers yet and am averaging 3 kebabs, 2 pizza's and a chinese a week but I've started running round the field all on my own with my phone strapped to my arm looking like a pro so it's all good!
But don't let this put you off from sponsoring me.... I have run some 10k's before for Willow and I have every intention of completing the Marathon and raising a minimum of £2k for for them. £4k and I'll run in fancy dress! I've started this blog so people can follow my progress from non-runner to elite marathon runner and to keep myself going.
Willow is a brilliant charity who provide Special Days for seriously ill 16-40 year olds. I have been volunteering for Willow since I was 13, after they helped a family friend when she most needed it, and the charity have always made me feel like a part of the family. I have worked at the London Marathon for Willow for the past 4 years, meeting the runners at the finishing line and walking them back to the hotel and listening to their stories of what was behind their decision to run for Willow. I now want to put my feet in their footsteps and make a difference to someone. Every family goes through hard times and you never know when it might be you who needs help so I hope I can help a family smile again.
Shortest training run - 2.1 miles. Windy day! Got emotional because my data run out mid run thanks to me streaming Spotify by accident.
Longest training run - 3.5 miles around Southend, even windier day. Got scared thanks to the fully dead pigeon under my foot.
To sponsor me, please click on the link on the left hand side or click here -> http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jackwatson31. You can also subscribe to posts if you want to share my pain! Thank you :)