We heard from Kerry midweek now here’s Kat’s chance to tell us what running London Marathon means for her. Kat’s on the left in the photo.
“I’ve been a gym bunny since I was prescribed “exercise on prescription” by my GP after being unwell with Multiple Sclerosis. I used to run a treadmill and then I entered the ‘fun’ run one year with a friend. I didn’t train enough so found the day very hard but I did it! Also, despite what people feared, it didn’t ‘make me ill’ and I got the running bug….
I joined SE in Jan 2015 with another friend who was getting married and that was that. The first ‘challenge’ I took on with SE was the ridiculously brutal ‘Pain and Suffering’ run. This is where I met Kerry properly – you might say we bonded over shared trauma!
I was inspired after watching Mind over Marathon on the BBC which showed how every day people could train for and be successful in the London marathon. So Kerry and I chatted about it and decided to enter (not really thinking we would actually get a place).
We got charity places with the MS Society (the fact that I have MS may have ‘helped’ bump us up the list) and I’ve done lots of fundraising for them over the years so now WE ARE DOING IT!!
I’m itching to get stuck into training – it’s the ultimate challenge – but having picked up an injury at Royal Parks I’m playing the waiting game but as soon as I’m ready I cannot wait.
People ask me why?!?! but why not?! You’re a long time dead. When people suggest I shouldn’t run for my health. That’s exactly why I do! I feel it improves my day to day stamina and helps my head to know that any illness is a art of you but you can’t let it define you.”
You can help Kerry and Kat fundraise for the MS Society and come to their Fashion and Shopping Show tomorrow evening at Erdington Methodist Church 7.30pm. Text Kat for details 07779 583292.