Couch Potato Runs FIRST EVER Marathon for an MND/ALS Charity

Update posted by Illona Meyer On Mar 12, 2018

So, on 25 February I ran the Deloitte Pretoria Marathon in 04:58, thereby managing the required qualifying time for the Two Oceans 56K Marathon - by only 2 minutes! When I set out in August 2017, my first thought was to try to run the Two Oceans and I managed to secure an entry for this gorgeous and insanely popular race, but then I found out that, since at 56 kilometers (35 miles) the Two Oceans is an ultra marathon, I have to run a qualifying 'regular' (NOTHING regular about it, man!) marathon of 42 kilometers (26 miles) first. Well, I somehow managed, and now this couch potato is heading to Cape Town at the end of March to run the Two Oceans Marathon! This is simultaneously a dream come true for me and a point that honestly I never genuinely thought I'd reach.

I think my mom wouldn't have had a moment's doubt that I could make it, and at this point probably would have told everyone and the postman that her daughter ran a full marathon and is going to attempt to run the Two Oceans.

In her honour, I am still raising funds for the Joost van der Westhuizen foundation for MND (ALS). Thank you so much to everyone who already donated, it means the world to me and to the foundation.

Here is a picture of me steaming in at the finish at the Deloitte Pretoria Marathon (I don't look it, but I was very happy):


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Update posted by Illona Meyer On Feb 12, 2018

Only two weeks to go till this couch potato's first ever marathon! In preparation for the marathon, for pacing and race conditioning, I ran another half-marathon (only my second ever) yesterday, Sunday 11 February. I ran the half-marathon race in my hometown in the PnP Momentum Marathon and managed to improve on my previous half-marathon time by 1 min per km (meaning, I ran the 21K 20 minutes faster than I previously did). This bodes well for the marathon, as I'm now able to maintain my goal pace over a longer distance.



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