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So this Monday I did my last long run, which was also my longest EVER run. While many marathon runners would have reached 20 miles this week before tapering, I only managed 15. A few months back I thought by now I would have joined the 20 Mile Club, but due to a few circumstances, including The Beast From The East, it was not meant to be. Snow called off The Essex 20 race which I am actually pleased about because it would have meant me leaping from 12 miles to 20 at that point in time so I was able to gently increase over the last few weeks to get to 15.

So how do I feel about having to do another 11 more miles on top on the 22nd April? Well, let me tell you, I am a lot more chilled about it than I thought I would have been back in December. I have put my training in throughout the week over the past few months, especially in February and March. My time on feet throughout the week has been averaging 6 to 7 hours. I am so grateful that I have raised over £15k towards water wells in The Gambia and my journey so far has been incredible! This has been an amazing year since I joined Dagenham 88 Running Club in February 2017. I have met so many amazing, inspiring people along the way. My family, friends, community and strangers have all come together to support me, encourage me and sponsor me. I am so humbled and grateful to all the help I have received to get this far in both my training and my fundraising.

The butterflies do come for a little flutter now and again, but overall I am so excited and happy for this opportunity and can’t wait for the amazing chance to run with so many runners and experience the famous crowd take me to 26.2 miles, God-Willing.

Thank you to every one who has helped me get this far. Please share my fundraising link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jogonhijabi to help me raise that remaining £800 and get that last water well funded. One of my kind donors wrote

“If you hit the wall, smash through it because there are 4 water wells on the other side”.

So please help me raise the last little bit to hit my target so I can smash through the wall. Keep sharing my story and staying by my side on my journey. I can’t wait to share the rest of my story with you and thank you for coming along for the ride.


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