So with regular treatment from Graham at The Body Rehab, my knee was improving. A few small runs and then the test of a 14 mile run. I was in pain but pleased that I’d done it. Emotions were high and I burst into tears on my return, as the realisation I could actually do the London marathon. Marathon day arrived, doing it dressed as Wonder Woman I got plenty of high fives!
My knee was feeling good and at the half way point was surprisingly on target but then the preverbal hit the fan. My calves were cramping and from mile 17 it was a real struggle. My battery died on my phone, so did my tracking and family and friends thought I’d had to give up. But determination, putting one foot in front of the other got me to the finish line. 5:05 minutes not the sub 4 hours I’d initially trained for. It was so emotional that when I met my family I just collapsed. In doing the marathon, I raised £3900 for the Anthony Nolan trust. This charity is one close to my heart. My bling was well earnt and didn’t take it off for a week!
This month also saw me tick another thing off my list. A twist on posing nude for a art class in doing a nude photo shoot. It’s scary enough getting naked in front of someone you fancy for the first time. Breathing in, trying to hide the wobbly bits! Mark the photographer was so lovely and immediately made me feel at ease. I’m so pleased with the photos.
The week after the marathon managed to squeeze in a 17 mile training walk for the impending K2B walk. It was great meeting some of the Team Alice and was looking forward to meeting the rest of them on the day.
But the best thing about April was my little sister moving up to start a new life in the North.
The beginning of the month saw an overdue trip to Devon to see family. I had never been to Devon so was looking forward to it and of course the cream teas! Lots of sightseeing, it’s a different kind of beauty than I’m used to in the Lakes.
Then the day of K2B 40 mile charity walk. The weather was awful but did brighten up towards the end! I was very honoured to be part of the Team Alice team. More so as we won the cup for fastest ladies and broke the course record by 1.5 hours. Made my blisters that nearly put me in hospital so worth it!
Another busy month for ticking things off my list!
First was cake competition, didn’t win but got top marks for taste!