11 reasons why I'm running the London Marathon
Lucie Vincer from the Digital Communications team here at
St John Ambulance is running the London Marathon for us this year
and we couldn't be more proud. Here are 11 reasons why she's lacing
1. I'm ready for a fresh challenge
I’ve done a couple of half-marathons, and am ready for a new
challenge. It all started when a colleague said ‘Let’s all do the
Hackney Half Marathon!’. I’d never dreamed of running that
distance before, but I trained, ran it, and finishing it gave me a
massive confidence boost. Distance is totally achievable, with
2. It's given me a reason to reach out to others
Here’s the thing about being a massive introvert: sometimes
talking to people is hard. Fundraising £1,800 means approaching a
lot of people. But now I’ve started asking, donations have started
rolling in from unexpected places – including friends I’d lost
touch with and old colleagues. Fundraising has given me a reason to
renew these friendships in the best way possible.
3. I really believe in what St John Ambulance does
I’ve worked for St John Ambulance for over two years. It’s been
amazing to see campaigns I’ve supported save over 50 lives, read
stories of how our first aid training meant a schoolgirl was able
to save her Stepdad’s life, and meet some incredible volunteers
working to keep their communities safe. Being part of this
brilliant organisation is a real privilege.
4. I no longer wanted to watch from the side lines
I scream and shout from our cheer point every year, and every
year, get inspired by some amazing runners. Time to get off the
side lines and join in.
5. Running gives my head a bit of breathing space
Getting outside, getting fresh air, and getting exercise – three
things that have given my mental health a boost when I needed it.
Whether it’s running off a long day, or running through a personal
crisis, I always come home feeling better than when I left.
6. There are far too many snacks in our office
There’s a reason we re-named an entire bench the ‘calorie
counter’. Time to burn a few off.
7. Training means exploring
Plotting a route for a long training run has led to exploring
parts of the city I’ve never seen before. I’ve never felt closer to
8. It's inspiring others
My cousin has joined a cross-country club. Whilst visiting my
parents over Christmas, my mother got her bike out and cycled along
with me on a six-mile run, a habit she intends to keep up. For
someone as un-sporty as me to complete two half marathons and now
train for a full one, it’s inspiring others to get out and get fit
9. I've never liked my toenails, anyway
My feet are taking a battering, but it’s worth it. Here’s your
to burst blisters.
10. I know I'll be looked after by some incredible people
Come race day, St John Ambulance volunteers will be lining the
route, ready to pick me up, dust me down and get me over the finish
line. I know I’ll be in safe hands with this brilliant team.
11. If not now, when?
I’ve been threatening to do this for so long that one of my
colleagues started sending me passive aggressive emails written in
pink comic sans, the most irritating of all type faces. I will do
anything to make this stop. Bite the bullet - get out there and
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