Tamara takes on the Virgin Money London Marathon!
The countdown has begun and with less than ten weeks to go, Tamara Edwards, one of our Team Starfish runners at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon gives us her thoughts on taking on the big challenge.
My name is Tamara Edwards and I have been working at TUI UK & Ireland for 2 and a half years, I started on the graduate programme and after 18 months accepted a position in the Airline- which I have really enjoyed so far!
I still can’t believe that I have signed up for the London Marathon… I would consider myself fairly fit (I play netball a few times a week and hit the gym regularly) but had never run any further than 5km until I signed up for this! Running has never been a passion or even that enjoyable for me which I think is why my friends and family were shocked when I told them that I would be running 26.2 miles in April (less than 4 months after I signed up).
I know this will be a huge personal challenge but the main reason I am running is to raise money and awareness for The Family Holiday Association. The FHA has been TUI’s main charity partner for years and I knew about the work they did through the events and communication shared through the company but it wasn’t until they came and delivered a ‘lunch and learn’ presentation that I really appreciated how much the charity did to support families and how rewarding previous runners had found the whole experience. Hearing the other runners share their personal experiences, their highs and lows made me even more determined and excited to sign up and complete the London Marathon for myself and the charity! I was so fortunate growing up as we often went on at least one holiday abroad a year and it makes me so sad to think that some children have never seen the sea or been to the beach!
I started training in December straight after I had signed up (as I knew I had a long way to go), I downloaded a training plan and have stuck to that quite religiously but have been flexible with what day of the week I train (I travel for work and actually want to have a social life at the weekends too!) Fundraising has also been a challenge (but really enjoyable) I have been lucky enough to have great support from family, friends and colleagues but a few of us at TUI have also come together to arrange a couple of bake sales, a large raffle (which we hope will bring the bulk of our fundraising- we set up a group fundraising page for this so friends and family could purchase tickets online too) and we also plan to host a quiz night closer to the big day. If possible it really does help to team up with others for your fundraising, as it makes it more fun plus you have more ideas and know more people between you and your social media accounts!
Initially I planned to just complete the marathon in one piece but now I will set myself a time target so that it helps with my last couple of months training and pacing! Time is flying so fast it will be April before I know it!
I want to wish Lynsey, Becky (my fundraising partners in crime) and all of team Starfish good luck for the next few months of training and all of our hard work will pay off on the 23rd April!