My wife is a celebrity!

A few weeks ago I received a text from the lovely Debs asking whether I could persuade Katrina to run the Loch Ness Marathon. It seems her employers, the Scottish Daily Mail, are the media sponsor of the event and Debs had the idea of following a marathon virgin as they prepare for and run the event.

Katrina had previously said she wasn’t that interested in running a marathon but the offer of a free place and a gore jacket was too much to resist. So she has set her mind to running the marathon.
Last week a photographer came round and spent 45mins taking lots of photos of Katrina at Brodie Park. Was I jealous …. YES!! Here is one of the photos …

Katrina’s first ‘column’ appeared in today’s Scottish Daily Mail. It’s on page 32.
If you don’t live in Scotland or don’t want to buy the Daily Mail here it is (thanks to Debs) …
Double click on picture to enlarge or in case you can’t read the text ….

I can’ believe I’ve actually accepted a place to run the Loch Ness Marathon in just under three months. I’ve sweaty palms and feel sick in the pit of my stomach each time I think about it. So why, at 51 years of age, with four adult children have I put myself in this position?

As a child I was knock-kneed and clumsy and sent to ballet lessons to try to ‘sort me out.’ As a teenager I was awkward and self conscious and would die rather than run. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I enjoyed the satisfaction of activity and exercise. In an attempt to de-stress I joined a gym and my enjoyment of cardio workouts blossomed. I bought colour coordinated kit, decent trainers and got fitted for a sports bra which revolutionised my life!

I am married to a runner, our friends are runners and conversation is dominated by running. So, in an attempt to join in I began to dabble in a bit of social running which went beyond the treadmill. I went through the usual trials of feeling sick, needing to stop for the loo and suffered general aches and pains from head to toe.

Fairly soon I completed my first 10k in 61minutes and within three years broke 50mins. Basking in the glory of this I moved up a notch to a half marathon which I fretted and worried about. On a snowy blizzard of a day I completed the Inverness Half Marathon in 2hrs 00mins 38secs. For me, a fantastic time but of course I needed to do another to break the two hour barrier. This I plan to do on Sunday 3rd September in Glasgow.

So why a Marathon? I suppose I’m one of those people who needs a challenge in their lives.

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8 Responses to My wife is a celebrity!

  1. Vicky says:

    Wow, great column and picture Katrina! Be careful though, once you've done a marathon it's a slippery slope into ultras 😉

    Congratulations and the very best of luck for Loch Ness. It is my favourite marathon 🙂

  2. Fiona Rennie says:

    Go Katrina! See you on the start line. Loch Ness is my favourite marathon too.

  3. GaryB says:

    Loch Ness was one of my goal races for this year, I'm soo jealous. Good luck, I'm looking forward to hearing how your training is going and hope to get along on the bike on the day to cheer everyone on and take some pics and video

  4. Peter Duggan says:

    Perhaps Katrina will outrun us all yet! 🙂

  5. Thomas says:

    She clearly putting you into the shadow, John!

  6. Santababy says:

    lol@being Jealous! Great article, go Kartina!

  7. Thomas says:

    Great picture! Katrina will surely use that as her Blog header!

    I hope she'll give me an autogaph next time I meet her. Will she still recognise me?


  8. Anonymous says:

    A guess-my-time competition is a must ~ providing Katrina's sponsors / media / trainer / manager are agreeable. Oh, and Katrina, of course……


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