With just over five weeks to go until the 2017 London Marathon, Women in Sport’s runner, Isabelle, is close to reaching her £1,500 fundraising target and has clocked her longest-ever training run of 19 miles.
Thanks to TAG Heuer, official timing partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017, Women in Sport secured a guaranteed place for the London Marathon on 23 April, and Isabelle will be running this year’s race after pledging to raise £1,500 in sponsorship for Women in Sport.
In her latest training update, Isabelle shares an insight into how her marathon training experience has had a positive impact on her overall health and personal well-being.
If you’d like to sponsor Isabelle as she plans to take on 26.2 miles around London’s key landmarks, click here.
How has your training been going since the last update?
Training has been going well so far… I understand what regular runners mean about trying to stay injury free, it’s the one big fear. I’ve started going to yoga once a week to try and stretch out. I’m learning that it’s not just the days you run but also the recovery days that are so important. I’m following one of the training plans from the VLM2017 website, so fingers crossed training will continue to go well.
What have been your biggest achievements so far in your training?
From a running point of view, it has to be running 19 miles, the furthest I’ve ever run. Raising almost £1000, I’m so grateful for everyone’s generosity and support.
How would you say your training has benefited you?
My cardiovascular health has certainly improved, it takes longer for me to get out of breath than it used to. Pushing myself further and achieving personal targets has definitely increased my self-confidence.
How do you feel the training has impacted on other areas of your life (whether positively or negatively)?
I feel a great sense of achievement not only personally but also knowing that I’m raising money and awareness for a fantastic cause. I want other women and girls to be able feel the boost to well-being that I feel.
If I had to come up with a negative I would probably only say that training is time consuming and tiring, but it’s worth it.
What keeps you motivated to keep going?
Definitely when I receive another donation and read the messages of support. Reading inspirational stories on the Women in Sport website, especially the ones about young girls getting involved in sport. A huge motivation is knowing what a great opportunity I have been given to run the marathon, it makes me want to give it my absolute best and do it justice.
You’ve done amazingly well with your fundraising, and had some great support from friends and family – how does this make you feel?
The support has been fantastic. Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask me how training is going and how many miles I’ve done at the weekend. They are genuinely interested and it gives me great encouragement to keep going. I feel proud to have so many people behind me, thanks guys.
To sponsor Isabelle, click here.