So. I've just looked at my training programme
for the first time, and only now that I'm typing the schedule into
my calendar have I really realised how much there is to do. Most
evenings it seems, every weekend, huge distances. And I'm not sure
I even really like running. I've never run for much more than an
hour before because I get bored.
Just as well it's for a good cause then! I went to
the Street Child press launch just before Christmas and heard about
the foundation of the charity (i) as a reaction to Sierra Leone
being named the most deprived country in the world in 2008, and
(ii) as a reaction to the use of child soldiers - indeed Makeni was
an RUF stronghold during the civil war, and it is where Street
Child has its largest operation and where the marathon is taking
There were people of extraordinary energy at the
press launch - one guy I met was both a journalist and the founder
of a charity who ran 15 marathons last year.
I hadn't given much thought about how meeting
these sorts of people will give the race yet another dimension and
make it a fascinating event. It also indicated how important
training will be
to ensure I don't get lapped!
Actually, I do quite like running. I'm looking
forward to it.