This weekend when so many of you will be spending time with your family, enjoying the spring weather (hopefully) and getting out and about with your babies I will be running! Running further than I have ever run before.
It seems since I've had children and run a business that that is all I do, I do the school run, I am always late so we run into school and then I rush home to go for a run. I am that Mum who looks like a headless chicken.
The running I do outside of school, family and business is all for a very special cause. I am running the London Marathon this year in memory of my friend Shona. Despite the tearing about I am not a natural runner, every step has been a challenge - a challenge in discipline, self control and motivation. Qualities I didn't think I had until I took a charity place for Pancreatic Cancer UK last year.
This weekend will be my longest run before the big day on April 22nd, 25 days from now. I walk, talk, sleep, eat and of course run that marathon over and over in my head. I can't wait to be there and for it to be over. It is the hardest thing I've ever done.
I am combining my leisure time and work to raise money for this cause, Sleepy Nico's charity carrier this year - called Alfie, is on sale in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. £10 of every one sold goes to the charity and towards helping cure this awful disease.
My friend Shona was a runner, she was also an incredible mother, wife and friend and a role model to me. I hope that I can do her memory justice by running those 26.2 miles and raising awareness of the work of the charity.
Shona with my daughters
Enjoy the holiday weekend and hold your children close, I will be thinking of you as I sneak out of my inlaws house and run 20 miles around and around their village on Easter Sunday and then come home to a big pile of chocolate eggs (I hope) and a lie down!
To find out more about the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK visit https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/
If you would like to sponsor me, my fundraising page is https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AngelinesMarathon