I first heard about Teens Unite through a friend of mine who completed the Cuba Cycling Challenge a couple of years ago.
This is my first challenge for Teens Unite. I have always wanted to run the London Marathon and when I found out that Teens Unite were looking for runners to represent them, I was keen to show my support in raising awareness and money that I know will make a huge difference to young lives.
Since signing up for the London Marathon, I have discovered just how important the charity is to the young people they support going through cancer. I love the fact that the money raised goes towards supporting teenagers at such a crucial time in their lives.
The training has been pretty intense. I have always enjoyed running, but have never taking on a challenge of this extreme before. I started the 17 week plan at the beginning of January this year and am now in week 10. I run four days a week and am following the official Virgin Marathon intermediate plan. My longest run so far has been 16 miles. Although the training is tough at times, especially in the winter weather, the fact that I know I am running for such a worthy charity keeps me going.
I am most looking forward to the atmosphere on marathon day. I have seen it on TV over the years but never taken part or even been a spectator. I have many of my friends and family who will be there on the day to cheer me on which will keep me going. I am least looking forward to ‘THE WALL’ that everyone speaks off, but I am determined to finish the race.