The SportStylist team are an active bunch, there’s no denying that. We are also known to take on the odd crazy challenge: and this year, TWO of our team are taking on 26.2 miles as they tackle the Virgin Money London Marathon! Here’s Lucy’s story:
In just 8 short weeks, I will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon, courtesy of Lucozade Sport. Yes, seriously: me, running!
I feel incredibly privileged and absolutely terrified: I’ve had almost constant butterflies since I was asked at the end of January. Perhaps given my background in CrossFit and extreme sports such as climbing, abseiling and kitesurfing, I’ve never been a great – or enthusiastic – runner. 200m sprints followed by cleans and burpees – fine; 26.2 miles followed by a probably entourage of blisters – not so much.
All that changed, however, when I was offered a VMLM place by Lucozade Sport. I’m never one to turn down a challenge or an opportunity, and certainly not one as life-enhancing as this. It came at a good time, too: my base fitness was up, and I’d even been adding a few 5km runs per week into my training. So despite having never run further than about 4 miles, I said a big, resounding YES. I’ve been head-down in training ever since, and I’ll be sharing this with you over the coming weeks leading to Race Day on April 24th 2016.
You can follow my Couch-to-5k-to-marathon journey on here and on fitmissions.com. I’ll cover everything from food, fuel and running shoes, to the mentality and emotion of endurance running, and why running fast isn’t always a good idea (weird I know, but true).
You can ask me questions, tell me I’m crazy (you won’t be the first, trust me!), cheer me on or share your own experience of running or life-changing sport. I look forward to hearing your stories and to sharing mine with you.
42,195 metres: bring it on!