If you follow me on Twitter, you will know I am not a very active individual and that I love stuffing my face with delicious food more than anything else.
Earlier this year, I set out to actually stick to a resolution of losing weight and generally improving my fitness, as I had reached the heaviest weight I have ever been, and quite frankly, it was getting ridiculous.
Around the beginning of February, I started running and discovered the fantastic Park Run, which is a free community running group (they have them all over the country) and there happened to be one every Saturday morning just at the end of my road. I started going every Saturday and killing myself trying to do 3k – I was a hot mess. I then persuaded a couple of friends to come along and it became a weekly thing. The other runners are super supportive and cheer you on as you’re running (even if they are lapping you) and it was nice to have something to get me up and out every Saturday morning.
Whilst I wasn’t able to run the entire 3k, I got the running bug, and I began joining in on the #UKRunChat discussions that took place on Twitter – I was amazed at how big, and how friendly this community was! Before I knew it, I was finding out all sorts of things and soon enough I had decided I wanted to do a big race, instead of just running for fun. I desperately wanted to run on behalf of a charity or organisation and really push myself to do something that could make a difference or help someone. I stumbled across the Bupa 10k that takes place over the May bank holiday, and I kept beginning the sign up process and then quickly leaving it. Thankfully I got drunk one night with some friends, and on returning home my devious drunkard self decided to sign me up to the race.. Oh, how I chuckled about how sober me the following morning was going to react. (I’m not schizophrenic, I promise).
So a couple of days went by and I had no recollection of what I had done. That was until one day at work the following week, an email came through from the charity Mind, congratulating me on making their team and that they were pleased I had chosen to raise money for them.
Oh. My. God.
That was it, I couldn’t turn away now. I was officially signed up and it was all becoming a scary reality.
“I can’t even run a whole 3k, let alone doing 10k!” I kept exclaiming. Friends and family were super supportive, all saying I could absolutely do it, and with that I got my fundraising page set up and the donations and sponsorships began rolling in. After only one month of my fundraising page being live, I had already hit my target of £300 – and I still had two and a half months to go until the race itself. I was blown away by everyones generosity. The comments left by my sponsors also touched my heart, and I was so pleased to be running on behalf of an organisation that was also so close to a lot of other peoples hearts.
Mind are a charity extremely close to my heart for a variety of different reasons that I won’t go into here, and I was so proud to be able to raise money for them. Even if it was only a small amount I was able to raise, I knew that every little helped, and that the money would still help them to continue the incredible work that they do for hundreds of people all across the country.
So here I am, with just over two months to go until race day, and I’ll be honest, I am nervous. My training has been kicked up a gear and I’m doing everything I can to get myself in the best shape I can.
I know this isn’t a marathon, but to me it’s my own marathon and I’ll be so pleased when I cross that finish line. I’m not aiming for a record time as such, with it being my first race whatever time I get will be a personal best. I’m just aiming to finish.
If you would like to sponsor me, even if it’s just a couple of quid, it would mean so much to me. The support has been incredible. My fundraising page can be found here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeanneLeveaux
See you at the finish line!