Well... here I am, running my first ever marathon. I must be mad!
Many of you will know my motivation for entering. Sadly, last Apil I lost a friend who was out running and had an an aneurysm. Whenever I am out training, and it gets tough, I always think how fortunate I am to be able to do this.
The training itself has been a massive commitment - not being a 'natural' runner, I have found it a real challenge, but I am so determined to do it, and will finish, even if I have to crawl over the finish line!
Just to update people... I ran my first half marathon distance today (21st Feb) I did ok, but my knees are quite sore, and the prospect of running twice as far is immensely daunting! Oh well...I'll keep pushing!!
As a further update... I completed the Milton Keynes half marathon on Sunday 8th March - 2hours and 11 minutes. The wind was howling, but at least I finished in one piece! I am running 16 miles on Sat 14th March!
Here goes with another update... I hit the proverbial 'wall' on Sat 28th March. My legs just didn't want to work... after a few tears , I have pulled myself together and am now ready to rattle 20 miles off on Sat 4th April... then just a little r & r before the big day!
Well, here I am, a few days before the BIG day. I write this on 23rd April. I completed my longest run (21miles) on 5th April, and have tapered my training since then. No-one warned me about the dull aching I would have in my legs - that worried me a bit until I spoke to others who were exactly the same!
I will be appearing in the local press this weekend, and maybe on BBC Hereford and Worcester radio on Monday morning - so please tune in!
I DID IT!!!!! 4hrs 47minutes! I write this on Monday 27th (the day after). I have never felt pain like it before! The atmosphere was amazing, and I am so grateful to everyone for their support. Thank you all so much! x x x (i'll start training for next year in a few weeks!)
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