98 days to Race Day
Today’s post is a bit special, as it gives me a chance to talk about a charity that is important to me. I’m lucky enough that nobody in my immediate family is affected by dementia. However, we have some close family friends with loved ones that are. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must be to lose someone you love so slowly right in front of your eyes. I am running the London Marathon in honour of these friends suffering from dementia, to raise money and awareness for them and anyone else affected by this horrible disease.
In the UK at this very moment, about 850,000 people are living with dementia, with one person developing the disease every three minutes. Although living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing this disease, there is no real way to prevent it, and currently there is no cure.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity. As well as providing care and support for people living with dementia, they also provide information and support for those caring for loved ones affected by the disease. They are also dedicated to one day finding a cure.
The London Marathon provides a great platform for the charity to raise awareness for dementia, and because of this they are dedicated to ensuring that all of the people running for them run the marathon to the best of their ability and raise as much money and awareness as possible. So, on Saturday the 16th of January they ran a training day giving not only advice on fundraising but also on nutrition and fitness.
I can honestly say this training day has made me so motivated to run the marathon as fast as I possibly can, and has inspired me to try to raise as much money and awareness for this charity as possible.
After a quick introduction, the day started off with a very intense practical session given by a coach who trains GB athletes, and an elite athlete who also happens to have a masters degree in nutrition. After lunch we were then given lots of helpful information about how to prepare for race day, what to eat, and basically how to enjoy running the marathon, whilst also trying for the best time. We were also given a training plan written by the professional coach who spoke to us, which includes runs, threshold sessions, and strength and conditioning sessions. Overall it was a very productive day and I will definitely be taking on all the advice that was given to us! Don’t worry, I will be sharing a lot of it on this blog!
The most important thing I learned from the day though was that the marathon isn’t something to be scared of. It’s something that can be used to raise awareness for a horribly debilitating disease. It’s something that gives you a goal to strive for, whether it’s just to complete the 26.2 miles, or to run it in a certain time. It’s something that can connect you to the other thousands of runners, each with their own personal goal. But most importantly it’s something to enjoy, something that in years from now you can look back on and think ‘wow, I really was a part of something incredible’.
All the information and pictures are from the Alzheimer’s Society website and Twitter.
If you would like to donate and help me raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause please visit my fundraising page.
Love and kisses