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  • by Henri Green

My name is Danielle Meakin, and I am going to run the marathon in April 2016. This is my blog to document all things marathon running and training.

Every year I watch the London Marathon on TV, and I am always inspired to do it. “I can do that!” I think, but never got round to signing up. Until now.

I entered into the ballot prior to the event, with high hopes and excitement running through me, quite literally. Unfortunately I wasn’t successful. Feeling disappointed, deflated and unaccomplished, I thought my dreams of running the marathon were over.

However, after some debate, online research and pure determination, I found out I could run it through a charity! St John’s Ambulance was my choice, and I was so ready.

My training started in April 2015. Before my decision to run the marathon, I enjoyed a leisurely run, and I always kept myself fit. I thought I was relatively healthy and capable of a lengthy run. I quickly found out that wasn’t the case. On my first run with my trainer, I could only run for 20 minutes! To me, for a hopeful marathon runner, that was very disappointing.

Slowly but surely, my stamina and endurance built up, and at this present moment, I can run for a couple of hours and not feel tired. My body has improved so much in such a short space of time!

Training is now going really well, and I am due to run in 92 days. I don’t enjoy the early mornings, however it is a lot easier now than it was when I first started. My average time is a mile in 10 minutes, and I hope to finish the marathon in under 5 hours.

 

If you wish to sponsor me for the cause that I am running for, the link for my “Just Giving” page is below. Anything you can give is appreciated, and I hope you enjoy my future blogs about my progress!

 

 

 

Danielle's Just Giving Fund

 

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