This is a repeat of my added post to my LM thread in the "General" section, but I thought it should probably be here as well....
The London Marathon is 20 days away now; I've just completed yet another 10k training run, I finished a 13 mile half marathon eight days ago, with another coming this Sunday. My recorded training miles total is now near 400.
This is all frankly barmy :eek:.
21 months ago today I smoked my, to date, last cigarette. I haven't touched one since, but at the time I stopped, I could not breathe properly. I was wheezing while I laid in bed, my teeth were discoloured and the skin on my hands, I remember, was dry like parchment, among other things. After a bout of illness one weekend, I decided to see how long I could stop for. After 30 days of stubbornness, the red mist cleared and I haven't wanted one since. Today I don't miss it, which is the biggest gift of the lot.
When I went out for my first trot with my wife in August 2012, we ran ran a mile and a half in 27 minutes (while stopping, as I remember, because she wanted to watch a squirrel we saw on the path!!). It was exhausting, slow and laboured, but a start. I've since done three half marathons, raising money for two charities so far, with the London Marathon likely to be the biggest run I'll ever manage. I'm not built for Ultras :p!
Every step I've taken so far, every penny I have raised for both Cancer Research and Diabetes UK, have come from this forum and the people on it. I posted on here after three days, and almost every day afterwards in the first few weeks. I got answers every time, not always the ones I wanted, but usually what I needed.
When I get to the start line in Greenwich on Sunday April 13th (as far ahead as I like to look!) in my Team Diabetes UK colours, believe me, the guys on this forum will not be far from my thoughts. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me, to anyone who wants to, and mainly to anyone who's ever responded to any of my posts, especially early on in my red-misted quit
And to anyone starting out, or struggling, if you're a quitter of my type, I can tell you.....it DOES pass, it DOES get better, it DOES go away, even though it doesn't feel like it ever will. If you dig in, get stubborn, post post and post again, and give yourself a bit of time, it CAN be done. Believe me, I know.