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London Marathon diaries: Part Four

Emma Fickling London Marathon Blog 4

With race day less than a month away, Insurance Adviser Emma Fickling reveals some of the challenges she’s faced during her training in Part Four of her London Marathon Diaries.

Emma and Bex Wymondham 20 milerIt’s certainly been a busy month, with lots of fundraising and publicity taking place alongside my training. I’ve been interviewed by both our Marketing department and team at Big C, who wanted more details about my London Marathon experience. I didn’t expect to get so much attention!

First things first, I would like to thank everyone at Alan Boswell Group who made my raffle a success. Prizes included a tray of homemade sausage rolls, buns and a cake, a signed Norwich City FC football shirt, vouchers and bottles of wine. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets. The total raised on the day was £205.

So, onto the training. With only three weeks left to go until the marathon, I completed the Wymondham AC 20-Miler in Norfolk.

This was a big milestone in my journey. I had run 17 miles on the previous weekend but slipped on the ice towards the end and I ended up with concussion. My confidence had been knocked and I was feeling nervous in the build-up to the race.

The race was two laps of a 10-mile route and I must admit that the first lap was mentally challenging. I really had to dig deep and battle my demons to convince myself I could get around the second lap.

I really had to dig deep and battle my demons

Emma Fickling Wymondham 20-Miler

However, I decided to pull on my trainers and give it a go. What was the worst that could happen? I’d just have to pull out and not complete the distance. I knew deep down that missing the run wasn’t an option for me. After all, when you fall down, the best thing to do is get back up and try again – so that’s literally what I did.

Thankfully I completed the 20-mile route in 3 hours 36 and the feeling of crossing the finish line was amazing. I was so glad I did it and the support along the way was fantastic. Rebecca Coleman, who is a close friend and works in the HR department, joined me for the last few miles on her bike to provide support.

Now the 20-mile run can be ticked off my training list and I can look forward to reducing the miles in preparation for race day.

It really has been a journey of ups and downs but, with three weeks to go, I am looking forward to the London Marathon. I’m told the Queen is opening the race for the first time this year, so it really will be a memorable occasion.

If you would like to sponsor me and support a fantastic charity, please visit my Virgin Money Giving page.