Lymphcare UK proud of Lisa Perkins for her First London Marathon
Lisa Perkins the company secretary of Lymphcare UK completed an incredible achievement.
She worked tremendously hard to complete her first ever London marathon and also raised £339.50 while doing it. Fantastic we say!
Here is her story, in her own words.
In April 2015 I was persuaded by my colleagues to join beginners running course at a local running club.
We all apprehensively joined the 12-week programme, where they assured us we would be able to complete the 5k Gavin Tipper race at the end of June 2015. I could not imagine running 3 miles without stopping.
As each week passed I could see an improvement and I really began to look forward to running on Tuesday & Thursday nights, after 12 weeks, as they predicted we all completed the 5k race.
After enjoying the experience so much I decided to join the running club and was running 3 miles on a regular basis, adding an extra park run in at the weekends.
Summer 2016 I needed another challenge so entered the Litchfield 10k, then Tamworth 10k & then The Great South Run (10 miles) the running bug had well and truly bitten. On a whim I decided to enter the ballot for The Virgin London Marathon 2017, truthfully thinking I would never be successful in gaining entry.
I was wrong. I received notification of my place and the realisation of the enormity of what lay ahead started to sink in.
On 1st January 2017, the training started in earnest. Running 3 – 4 times a week, with the mileage increasing weekly. My training plan included extra activities of cycling, swimming & gym work, I was also recommended a sports massage monthly to ease my aches and pains.
Early morning weekend long runs were becoming the norm and sometimes it was really difficult to find the enthusiasm especially when it was cold, wet and I was running on my own. The coach pulled up to drop me at the start line on 23 rd April, I was extremely nervous but had to tell myself that I was ready, all the training was done I was prepared.
I crossed the start line with a big smile and the grin got wider and wider as the miles passed. The crowds were incredible and so supportive, I crossed Tower Bridge smiling as I was half way there, I saw my husband in the crowd at 21 miles which was amazing and emotional, he said “you have got this” The roar of the crowds along the embankment and as I turned into Birdcage Walk will live with me forever.
I crossed the line in 05:31:33, my first marathon but definitely not my last!