Unwelcome News

9th October 2019

Today is a big day for marathon runners, the results of the ballot for the 2020 London Marathon are announced. I’m not a marathon runner though and had long forgotten about the application, I figured I would get a rejection letter at some point and then I could forget all about it.

I almost deleted the email when it came through. I’m a Virgin customer and they send out a lot of mail so seeing it was from them and the first word was ‘Congratulations’ I assumed it was another fantastic mobile offer and was 90% towards sweeping it into the recycle bin. But something in the back of my mind made me open it and when I did the reaction was physical.

‘Congratulations. You have secured a place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon’

Like that feeling when you hit Reply All by accident, a real gut clenching moment of primal panic hit me and I was genuinely shaky for a while. I told a couple of people at work who are runners and they were slightly too encouraging. ‘That’s great news, you’ll do brilliantly’ said one. ‘Congratulations!’ said another ‘I just got my rejection through’. Between them they’ve run several marathons already and I suppose it made me feel a little better but I’m overly realistic and if there is one thing I’m sure of its how hard this is going to be. Long, painful, boring runs. No more fun food. Far less alcohol. And dread that I don’t stay fit. I’m not sure what I should be looking forward to, except it being over.

I’ve never kept a diary or blog before but I think this journey will change me and I’m going to track things as they go along. I can’t say how often I’ll post updates, I’m writing this in Word at the moment with no clue how to post online, but I will track training effort and any physical or personal changes that I become aware of.

First up is not a good start as I have a rather boozy leaving do tonight that I’m actually rather looking forward to. I’ll start being good tomorrow.

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