Unfortunately, for the last 2 years, my mum of nearly 93 has been suffering from acute macular degeneration, causing her major sight impairment. Reading... one of her favourite pastimes is now sadly impossible. Very poor eyesight combined with her impaired hearing at such an advanced age has made even the simplest of everyday chores a complex struggle for mum, leaving her feeling very frustrated and isolated. This has more recently affected her mental health causing acute anxiety and depression, resulting in trips to the GP, A&E and mental health crisis team.
Supporting my mum through this difficult stage has been my absolute priority over the last few weeks, therefore, focussing on my marathon training has been particularly challenging and often curtailed... as my coach Andy has discovered! Nevertheless, he has been both patient and encouraging, despite my lack of focus.
However, in my mind, I've just reached a major milestone... and successfully completed the first of my long races in preparation for the London Marathon! Whilst the run was gruelling with several steep inclines I was so pleased with my performance as I managed to knock 4 minutes off my target time and several minutes off the same race I ran back in 2015 which was also part of my marathon training at the time.
Whilst it has been extremely difficult to focus on my marathon training over the last few weeks, I now feel like my head is engaged and ready for the challenge.
They work tirelessly for people in the local community and it is, for this reason, I would like to use the opportunity to raise funds for such a hard working charity helping blind and partially sighted people in the Huntingdon area.
For those of you who would like to make a donation, I have set up a fundraising page with Virgin Money Giving.
I will also be leaving a sponsorship form in the clinic. However, unlike last time I am not undertaking my mammoth bake...! I just simply don't have the time. Thank goodness some of you might say! ;)
Anyway, roll on my next hurdle... the Stamford 30K in February! Even now I'm still wondering how I will be able to complete the 18.6 miles... so watch this space!