Marathon running coach, Hal Higdon once said, “The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals.”

In just 11 days, I’ll join 36,000 runners at the start line of one of the world’s most epic marathon races, the London Marathon.

ELEVEN DAYS, people.

Just over a year ago, I decided that 2012 would be the start of something new. I wanted to push my limits and test myself. I wanted to open up to the world and everything in it, arms outstretched and shout, “Hey life, whatcha got for me?” And so my 4races4cities marathon project was born, because if there’s one way of really digging deep into the soul and realising your own inner-strength, courage and determination, it’s marathon running…

It also helps when you’re running for a reason, a cause, a memory.

A memory of someone I used to know so very well.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting me with my 4races4cities project. It’s difficult to express just how overwhelmed I feel, I fear my words won’t describe the sheer intensity of the happiness and elation floating around my humble heart.

To my beautiful family and friends who have gathered around me, bolstering my fortitude, especially on the occasions when it has faltered, by patting me on the back and saying, “Come on, Liz, you CAN do this”, thank you.

To every single person who has sponsored me, thank you. Each time one of you donated and I received the little notification email telling me so, my heart soared skywards. Some of you I haven’t even met in person, some of you I haven’t seen in years and years, yet you chose to part with your own money for a cause so close to my heart. Again, thank you.