I have been entering the ballot for 7 years always saying if it was meant to be I’d get in but had no desire to run any other marathon.
When my name was called 2nd at the club party I was literally petrified!
I chose a training plan and stuck to it religiously for 16 weeks. Training with other members of the club was great support.
Following a very nervous tummy the night before I opted for an Uber to the start. IT WAS VERY WET!
The crowds on the route were AMAZING, for the whole 26 miles.!
Pulling something in my right leg meant the 2nd half was a bit slow but finished in just over five hours! GO ME!
I managed to raise £1745 for Breast Cancer Now which is fab.
Thank you team HERC!
Linda aged 54.4
Soooo I’m finally ready to reflect on last Sundays London Marathon and write my report.
WOW what an amazing day.
Arrived at our hotel to find out that there was a wedding reception taking place, all good until the party started and our room was directly on top. It finished at 12. So not the best night sleep.
However the next morning woke up early as I usually do, had breakfast and off to the start. Getting to the start was easy and managed to bump into rob in red zone only face I saw till I crossed the finish line.
A rainy start but wasn’t to bad. Felt ok, nice and relaxed, until I found myself behind a man wearing orange pants and I couldn’t help looking at bum I realised I needed to move and quick.
When the colours merged, maintaining a pace was impossible, and on two occasions we all came to a complete stop.
Oh and the man in the pants appeared in front off me again
The race was tough, and I’m still feeling niggles, but hand on heart I can honestly say I gave all I could on the day but most importantly I enjoyed it. The crowds we absolutely amazing, something I’ve never experienced at that level before.
People say after a marathon never again but I have the marathon blues and looking for another .
Thank you to everyone who has helped me on this journey. I truly couldn’t have done it without you.
Best experience of my life (don’t tell the husband or my kids
With Kelly and Linda having already written reports, some people might say you save the best until last. They would be correct.
My marathon journey actually started back last year when someone (Kirsty) told me I really should do a marathon before I am 40. I know this will come as a shock to many of you, being the fountain of youth that I am, but that really didn't leave me much time. So I entered the Seville Marathon for the 19th Feb.
Training started back in October and a few weeks in I (foolishly) decided to skip intervals one Tuesday and play 5 a side with my mates. Bad move. Pulled up short and could barely get back to the car with my glute really not happy. There's a lesson there kids.
So wind forward to February, having missed a few weeks training to recover and having moaned at anyone who would listen about being injured, I work my way round Seville far from the in the way I wanted it to be.
In the meantime I had obviously had my name pulled out the hat for London also, so they were now coming at me like noones business.
I managed to keep a degree of fitness between Seville and London so hit the start line hoping for a better time.
Having seen Linda in the holding pen, had a nice bit of rain to start which I actually dont mind. One thing I will say is the atmosphere was absolutely fantasic, you can't even put it into words. Even the sections where I was warned would be quieter were still packed with people.
I saw a few friendly faces on the way round which always helps and was all happy until around Mile 16 where the wheels came off as they say but still pushed on to manage a 30 minute PB from Seville, so I can't grumble too much.
I'll never say never as there are always improvements to be made but it was hands down the best atmosphere for a race I have ever experienced and will never forget it. Thank you to everyone for their support, hearing me moan about my old man body and helping with the training, it is massively appreciated.
And never forget, don't skip interval training!
Greetings from Vienna
I've had the best weekend taking part in my first marathon. I wanted it to be an experience that I would remember and it has been. A little bit warmer then I expected but a lovely place to run and a well organised event.
I would just like to thank everyone at the club that has helped me over the past months, whether it has been a run, a chat about marathons, a kudos on strava or a good luck wish. I am truly grateful.
Looking forward to seeing you all so I can tell you all about it.
Oh and nearly forgot first Hedgie home and a PB