Colin Nelson's London Marathon 2017 Journey 


My wife always said that she wanted to run the London Marathon before she was 40. I am sure she won’t mind me saying, but she is now 40 :). Unfortunately her ambition of running the London Marathon has passed her by. So, how can I, as a loving, caring husband help? I could do it for her, I am not 40 yet :) 


When the opportunity of running the marathon came along, I thought I’d apply, obviously not get chosen as there are loads of more “suitable” candidates who would apply. Being surprised would be a little bit of an understatement when I read the email letting me know I was “Successful”. SUCCESSFUL! Really, “successful” that I can run 26.3miles.


Anyway, that was that, I had the place and could not drop out now.


I went on my first run a few days after receiving this email. I managed to run nearly 1 mile without stopping. My legs hurt, my lungs hurt, in-fact, my whole body hurt. I expected it to be bad, having not ran for nearly 15 years, but not this bad. What a journey this was going to be.


A couple of months later it was Christmas Day. I woke up early (even before my 11 year old daughter) and went for a 5 mile run. I felt good, amazing actually. It took me just over an hour, that is not great, but I didn’t stop. Cleary my training was working. I was committed, even keen to succeed.


As a little present to myself I bought a new bed on the 27th December. Whilst moving it downstairs, somehow I managed to stub my toe ending in a 2 broken toes, massive swelling and incredible pain. I was instructed by the Doctor not to run for 6-8 weeks. Like that was possible!! I had a marathon to train for.


Well, here we are with only 7 weeks before the marathon and I have started training again. I am currently able to run around 7 miles without stopping, but I know that I need to be better than that. I am positive I will complete the Marathon, I did have a time but now I just want to finish.


The training has changed me as a person. I eat healthier (not perfect but much better), I train 4-5 times a week. I even think I am getting skinnier, and I know I feel better about myself.


So far I have raised around £600 for UK youth, and looking forward to raising another few hundred before the marathon.

I had some friends come and visit me a few weeks back, in one night we managed to raise £279 for UK Youth! :)


I am looking forward to the 23rd April 2017. Not because I will do the marathon that day, but it will all be over after it J


Colin Nelson   


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Colin's fundraising page


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