17th August 2017

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I’m going to start this blog by saying, what was I doing, when I accepted to run the New York Marathon for Paco Rabanne ! I have never been someone who casually takes a morning or afternoon run, to be honest I don’t even run to the shop to get some milk ha-ha. I have always been a glass half full type of person, someone who loves to challenge myself and say I can, rather than I can’t.  I guess that is why I chose to accept this life changing oppotunitity that was handed to me.

Starting from the beginning to anyone who hasn’t seen anything about my marathon story before, last November I was offered an amazing collaboration with Paco Rabanne Invictus, to become a brand ambassador.  Working closely with their amazing team to surpass myself and finish with running with 4 other bloggers from Spain, Germany, Italy and France, the New York Marathon in November 2017.

Last November we travelled over to New York to support Nick Youngquest, the face of Paco Rabanne in the 2016 marathon, which he completed in an amazing time making it look easy, which Im sure it wasn’t. Since coming back from this trip I jumped straight into my training however, had no knowledge where and how to start with prepping myself for the 26.5 mile run. Me being me I flew straight into a 5 mile run which ended up with an injury to my knee, not the start I was looking for.

After a few months of recovery, it was time to jump back into training. Over the past few months Ive gathered advice from others who have completed a Marathon. I have learnt so far that its not all just down to putting one foot in front of the other and going for it, there is so much more to it than that, from my diet to the shoes I wear on my feet. So this is just the begining for me. I’ve now got 4 months to prep myself for what might be the most challanging day of my life. My first stop was to find the right pair of shoes and Asics, was the direction that many other runners pointed me to. When entering the store they have special electronic equipment which helped them guide me to the correct pair of running shoes for my feet.

Last month I flew to Barcelona to re group with the Paco Rabanne squad to take part in a hardcore training session with Nick Youngquest to kick start our Marathon training. I found myself really realising this journey was not going to be easy but together as a team I knew we would smash it and carry each other to the end.

Just a little funny story for you. When arriving in Barcelona for my one day trip, suitcase prepped with my Asics shoes and training gear, British Airways decided to throw a spanner in the works and loose my suitcase so the training session was defiantly a good way at releasing some built up stress ha-ha.

Over the next 4 months I will be updating you each month, with how I’m getting on with my training and the things I learn along the way, just in case you are also looking to do a marathon and any advice I can give to help with your journey too. If anyone has any advice of their own please share In the comments box below, I would love to hear your advice and stories too.

Keep an eye out for my next marathon update coming next month. I have put some photos below from my Barcelona trip.

Please find the link to my New York blog I did back in November – Here

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