Don't delay, get a new pair today! I ran the VLM last month and unbeknown to me the cushioning had collapsed on both shoes (it must have happened while i was tapering as I didn't notice). Anyway I had tremendous foot pain in both feet from mile 3 onwards that detracted from the overall experience.
Get new ones, do your 20-25 miles in them and where them in, otherwise your marathon will be painful and unenjoyable.
Wow, Thank you so, so much. it really means a lot to me and the charity. I don't know how to thank you as because of the link i have also recived 3 other doantions form Forum members. I won't name them, but you know who you are!!
I will give you all a big wave at the cheering point!!
What a wonderful idea, and congratulations to whoever is the lucky beneficiary of Mister W and others kindness.
I will be running my first Marathon on April 17th for the Brirish Heart Foundation. 10 years ago my brother died suddenly of a heart attack, he was only 40. He left behind a devastated family, wife and two sons who were only 11 and 13 at the time. It also left my parents and myself grieiving for a long time. To lose someone so young and also the 'life and soul' of the party is something that should never happen!
2011 is the 50th anniversary of the BHF, and running the VLM in this year will be extra special. Many of you will have seen the fantastic 'Mending Hearts' advert on TV with the Zebra fish and this is only one aspect of the work that they do. They also provide clinicians, nurses, equipment and help for families that have been affected by Heart Disease.
On a personal level, the challenge of training for this marathon has been epic. I decided that I wanted to run it after watching TV last year, entered, forgot about it and then received confirmation form the BHF that I had a place in August!
I then had to build up a bit if running. I hadn't run (apart form around a rugby field) for nearly 20 years. I couldn't run for more than a couple of minutes, but through determination and the support of friends and family i gradually built this up. 3 miles was the first goal, then 5. In September I tore my calf and was out until December, it was like starting again, but got through the mental barrier of 10 miles and have now completed in a 16 mile race and will complete my last long run of 20 Miles tomorrow.
I WILL get round on 17th April, and have had amazing support from complete strangers with sponsorship. Peoples' generosity has been amazing.
In April 2011 I will be running my first ever marathon at the Virgin London Marathon in aid of the British Heart Foundation. I have chosen to support this charity as unfortunately I lost my brother Mark to a heart attack just over 10 years ago. Mark left behind two young sons and was only 40 years old when he died. I hope that by raising money for this charity other families may be spared what my family has been through.
As part of my fundraising effort I am holding Black Tie Gala Dinner at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby on Saturday 13th November – as part of the evening we are holding a silent auction and are asking companies to help us by donating something for the auction. We have already received some generous donations such as vouchers for overnight hotel accommodation, electrical goods and sports corporate hospitality tickets and sporting memorabilia. I hope that you may be able to help too. Any donation is gratefully received and I am sure you agree that this is a very worthy cause.
If you would also like to attend the event, tickets are priced at £40 each, with all profits going to the BHF, and can be bought by contacting me on the details below.
I hope that you can help in helping me reach my fundraising goal of £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation