London Marathon blog: one month and eight days to go

Debbie Sansom host a charity event at Launay's, raising money for Wessex Cancer Trust.  Debbie Sansom is pictured with band The Rides and restaurant owner Alain Launay  (w120313-7)
Debbie Sansom host a charity event at Launay's, raising money for Wessex Cancer Trust. Debbie Sansom is pictured with band The Rides and restaurant owner Alain Launay (w120313-7)
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WOW what a busy week since last I blogged. I’ve upped my distance run and cracked 18 miles, and even better than that I’ve topped £2,000 raised for Wessex Cancer Trust!

The run itself went great and I did all the right things afterwards to make sure I recovered quickly, like stretching and refueling.

However, despite this, I was wrecked for the rest of the weekend. I was too tired on the Friday night to lean over and reach for my glass of wine. Yes, too tired for wine; it’s bad.

Heaven knows what will occur when I aim for 20 miles this Friday.

But a quick glance at my planner shows I am still on track, as it were. This week I am planning a tough hill session, perhaps some intervals and to make use of the Worksop Leisure Centre by getting in a swim for some core training.

It’s been a week of support for me, with all kinds of people coming out of the woodwork and sponsoring me on my JustGiving page (www.justgiving.com/Debbie-Sansom).

Added to that we held an awesomely successful fundraiser at Edwinstowe restaurant Launay’s on Friday night. Over 80 people joined us for a night of fine food, fine drink and fine music.

My husband’s band The Rides (www.therides.co.uk) agreed to play the gig for free and had the whole room up and dancing at the end of the night.

A special thanks to them and to Alison and Alain at Launay’s for supporting the event.

We raised over £700 and a fab time was had by all. In fact we raised so much, I have even upped my online target.

Many businesses also offered support and raffle prizes including Nando’s, Shireoaks Inn, Allure and Launay’s, as well as prizes being offered by countless friends.

A special thanks to my mum Margaret and my mother-in-law Jill for their hard work and help with the raffle.

By Sunday I had happily recovered from my hangover and, pushed on by the wealth of support on Friday, I toddled off to have a go at the Retford Half Marathon.

See my latest Running Diary to hear how I got on.