What have I done?
Rose from The Donkey Sanctuary has just called to say they were delighted to accept my application to run for their charity and to wish me good luck.
What. Have. I. Done?
I have completed a marathon before but I said ‘never again’. I said that from the first training run that took me over 16 miles, and all the way through the rest of the training, race day, and for 5 days after the marathon every time I tried to crouch or take the stairs, to anyone who would listen.
A half marathon, now that’s different, it’s a satisfying 13.1 miles, enough to take seriously, but it doesn’t make your feet bleed. A marathon isn’t just twice the distance, it’s not even the same sport, it’s something else completely. You can think of it in two halves, the first 20 miles and then the last 6 where everything falls apart and time slows down to a crawl.
Well, The Donkey Sanctuary has been a client of ours for over 7 years. I say a client, I probably mean a friend. They do great work, and they’re all so very passionate about it. We’re very involved with them, and value our relationship. We like that we’re doing something worthwhile. The Donkey Sanctuary’s mission is to free all donkeys from suffering. Their impact is wide ranging and you can understand it in more detail on their website.
We became aware of charity places for the London Marathon, although I shuddered, the London Marathon is that one marathon that still appealed. I casually mentioned it to our Managing Director, Mike Carter, and to my dismay, he seemed to think it was a brilliant idea, a good way to raise awareness for one of our clients, albeit a distance only a lunatic would run, he joked.
So, I applied, buoyed by the probability that this race is so popular no one really ever gets in without years of trying.
Back to the phone call with Rose.
My journey begins.
If you'd like to help me support The Donkey Sanctuary in working towards a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, a donation to my JustGiving page would help make all of this gruelling training, racing and recovering worthwhile.