Amy Edgar is running the London Marathon in April to raise money to help the thousands of people in the UK who are living with a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis.
Here Amy writes about her training and reasons for taking on the 26.2 mile challenge.
Whilst I’m writing this, it’s a Friday evening. I’m sitting on the sofa, ice pack nursing my leg after my 16 mile run this morning, cup of tea, and a (huge) bar of chocolate! Marathon training is a battle, but not half the battle people go through when fighting a brain tumour. That is why I’m running 26 miles this April to raise as much as I can for brainstrust so they can continue the amazing support they provide for those who are living with or affected by a brain tumour.
My dad had a brain tumour many years ago, luckily he fought it and is very well. He got in touch with brainstrust years later so he could share his story with others. I ran my first 10k for brainstrust in 2015, since then I have occasionally been fundraising and attending meet up groups.
I’ve been a keen runner for about 4 years but before training for the marathon the most I had run was 10k so I knew taking on the marathon would be an immense challenge. My longest distance now is 16 miles, which I ran this morning; it was no easy ride especially after doing a charity spin class event last night!
One of the hardest things is actually finding the time to do the training. The last thing I want to do when I get home after a long day’s work is go for a run so I’ve started including this into my commute home, which means wearing a very attractive running rucksack, but needs must! Completing those miles and getting to that finish line will be such an amazing feeling and accomplishment. It takes a lot of motivation and mental ability but reminding myself why I’m doing it always keeps me going!
Fundraising has involved A LOT of food! Last year I held some charity super clubs which were a great success and I’ve also held a bake sale at work as part of brainstrust’s TEAFEST. With all the food and cake I thought it was best to balance it out with a charity spin class, which was also a great success! It’s a challenge to fundraise along with the training but it’s all very much worth it! I’m hoping to arrange a comedy night and some bucket collections at underground stations so if you happen to see me, come say hi! Everyone involved in my fundraising, whether that be donating £1 or helping me with an event, has been a huge part of the motivation I need to get me to that finish line!
So now it’s just counting down until Sunday 23 April. If you’re in London please come along and cheer me and all the other runners on. Trust me. We will need it!
You can sponsor Amy here.