LOOKING at my calendar the other day and experiencing the realisation that there is now only two months to go until we take to the streets of London was a sobering thought.
I have come a long way in a relatively short space of time since I started my training binge. I began some weeks ago with periodic runs of three to five miles, which initially led to many days of sore and stiff legs.
But as time has gone on the runs have become much more frequent and the distances have increased week by week.
The training can be hard and commitment is key. Despite many nights of interrupted sleep thanks to my two young boys Jack and Harry, I still manage to force myself out of bed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6am before work to take to pounding the pavements. I do afford myself a little lie in on Saturdays and Sundays by getting up at 7am but still find it a struggle sometimes.
Over the past two weeks the training has stepped up a gear. In addition to the miles clocked up in midweek on a series of training runs, I completed 12.5 miles last Sunday in very windy conditions.
I finished the circuit in my fastest ever time, feeling much stronger than ever before and that has certainly given me huge
confidence as I enter the coming weeks when 15 and 18-mile runs are scheduled on my training plan.
Although training to date is going well and confidence is high, running 26 miles and 385 yards is still very daunting, but the thought of my late mother and all the money we will raise for the Weldmar Trust drives me on.
This is one of the most satisfying challenges I have ever taken on and I cannot wait to cross that finish line and experience the truly unique feeling of completing my first marathon.
The three of us would like to thank all the individuals who have committed to sponsoring us so far. Statistics suggest that every one of us will be affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, in our lifetime and reflecting on the tremendous care and support we received from Weldmar last year, it is a first-class charity that does so much.
You can sponsor the trio by visiting www.justgiving.com/summers08.
Cheques made payable to the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust can also be sent to Mr J W Summers, 25 Greenway Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 5BE.