Mick’s Marathon: Blog Post 4
ExtraCare’s CEO, Mick Laverty, is running the London Marathon in just two days – Sunday April 28th, and will raise vital funds for our charity’s care, well-being and dementia services.
- Days to Marathon = 2
- Longest run = 21.5 miles
- Next Target = the London Marathon! (26.2 Miles)
- Donations to date = £49.2k
During April I have been tapering down my runs in preparation for Sunday’s marathon. I completed my longest run of 21.5 miles at the beginning of April, then reduced this to 14.5 miles mid-month, finishing with a final run of 7.5 miles on Easter Sunday. The 21.5 mile run was challenging but as the mileage reduced during April, training became much easier (although still not enjoyable!). Since Sunday I’ve been doing as little as possible to rest my legs ready for the big day. Such has been my dedication to the cause, that I managed to go the whole of Easter without eating any chocolate or drinking any beer.
As the race gets closer, I have found my anxiety level beginning to rise. My longest run to date is still five miles short of the actual distance I need to run on the day. I’ve been training since the start of October and have been (mostly) careful with what I’ve been eating and drinking since the start of April, so I hope this is just pre-marathon nerves.
I’m travelling down to London on Saturday afternoon and plan to have an early night to get as much sleep as possible. On Sunday I’ll get up early to eat and stretch and arrive at Greenwich around 9am, ready for my official start time of 10.48am. I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line (somewhere between 4.5 to 5 hours later) and being able to eat and drink what I want, not what I should!
Reflecting on my marathon journey, my biggest challenge has been finding the time to fit in the training. For those who are considering doing a marathon, all I can say is that there are no shortcuts when it comes to training, you just have to grind the miles out. I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep doing that even when I’ve wanted to stop or miss a run – that’ll not surprise all those people who know me as a stubborn b**tard!
I’m also very proud to have exceeded my £40k fundraising target. This is down to the generosity of everyone who has sponsored me. Thank you for your encouragement and support, I really appreciate it. All donations will go towards my charity’s care, well-being and dementia services enabling our residents to live independently and well. Donations can be made direct via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mick-laverty or by contacting ExtraCare’s fundraising team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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