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2gether’s Clinical Audit Officer, Michelle Allen, will run the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April in aid of the Trust’s Charitable Funds. Read her blog to find out how training is going.

Five weeks to go!! That was the email I came in to on Monday which is scary but exciting, five weeks really isn’t a very long time and with Easter in between it feels like it will go even quicker. So far training has gone well, I’m tired, constantly hungry, finding aches and pains in new places all the time, had a few ‘what am I doing’ wobbles but I’m still moving and seem to think about running non-stop. Luckily the logistics have been organised – hotel booked, travel arranged, running vests delivered, daughters planning their support posters – a few less things for me to think about!

I’m running at every opportunity I have, fitting it in around working full time, my two daughters and general life – housework has definitely taken a back seat! My two longest runs so far have been 16 miles and 18 miles. My 16 mile run incorporated the Minchinhampton 10k race which was incredibly windy and hilly but having the extra company and running it with my friend Steph really helped and made it almost enjoyable. Then last Friday, what should have been a relaxing day off work, (booked before I knew about the marathon place), became my longest run of 18 miles… yes I know how to have a good time! Again I was lucky to have some lovely company to keep me going, when the pain of the last mile kicked in was really needed and much appreciated.

I find it easier to focus on the next long run instead of thinking too much about the 26.2, so my next goal will be the longest training run of 20 miles. This is planned for 6 April – I just need to think of it as a little 10 miles out… and back!

For all the pain and tiredness, nothing beats how I feel after I finish a run, (not to mention the food after). I read at the weekend that exercise is the most potent and under-utilised antidepressant… and it’s free… I couldn’t agree more!

If you can spare a few pennies to sponsor me you can do so here. I’d really appreciate it, knowing people have put their hands in their pockets really does help when training.