So excited! Look out for one of our Mini Mermaid Coaches on the course this Sunday. Holly Button will take on the London Marathon to raise funds for Mini Mermaid and Young Tritons UK. We caught up with her before she made her way to London.
1. What inspired you to run London?
I was inspired to run London Marathon because of an article in Runner's World about how Chris Brasher and John Disley had a vision of setting up a world class event, like Boston, and worked so hard to do it to showcase England to the world. I was really impressed at how they followed their passion for running and their country and didn't give up. They even borrowed an aircraft to fly financiers over the city to physically show where the run would take place. I want to have my own story to tell about it.
2. How do you balance training with other aspects of your life?
Balancing training for London while looking after my children full time is interesting. My husband and I take turns training for a marathon each year. I get the spring and he gets the autumn. It works really well - when it's my turn, I feel less guilty about leaving the house. And when it my husband’s turn, if I can’t go out for a run on a weekend, I don’t feel grumpy because I had my time.
Getting back into running and balancing my recovery from birth (my youngest will be 10 months and 3 weeks on marathon day) has been more challenging. I’ve had my ‘Siren’ thoughts. Is my body strong enough? Did I stop breastfeeding too soon? The feelings of uncertainty and guilt put doubts in my mind as to whether to go out and train. However, the feelings of freedom and being 'me' has been rejuvenating. I enjoy getting out there and value that time even more than before.
3. Training always presents challenges - what are some of the ways you worked through those challenges?
I find the long miles boring and lonely, so running with the great Valley Striders (my club) has been fantastic. However, I did do some of my runs alone because my confidence in doing the distance was a challenge. I didn’t want to commit to a distance or a pace. That stopped me from contacting friends to join me.
My husband was really supportive though and encouraged me to go out. He helped with route planning and getting up in the night with the children so I could be more rested. The weather was also a challenge - the snow seemed to fall just at the weekends, but I put on some fell shoes (with long rubber spikes on the bottom) which gripped the snow really well, and got out there!
4. What will Siren say to you on Sunday? What will Mini Mermaid say?
Siren will say "It's too hot", "I need the loo!", "Where's Tom? He said he would be here & he's not...why would he let me down now?", "Why didn't I do my exercises each day?", "You've eaten too much cake", "Give up - you'll only hurt yourself".
Mini Mermaid will say "Just to the next mile marker", "You have trained enough", "Enjoy it...it'll be over before you know it!", "Wow! You are amazing!", "Look at all these people cheering for you!", "Run next to the guy dressed as a pepperami - you can pretend his cheers are for you!", "Smiles means miles!", "You had a baby less than 11 months ago - strong mama".
5. What are you most excited about come Sunday? Most nervous?
I am most excited about seeing the city & my friends on the way.
I most nervous about my knee and bum being painful - I've had some excruciating pain.
6. What would you say to someone nervous about taking on a new challenge, of any kind?
Give it a go - you never know, you might like it! We're all better than we think we are
High Fins, Holly! #ittakesatribe #thefinishlineisjustthebeginning #silencingsiren