Can’t read that title without adding the music to it! But to more pressing matters, we really are on the final countdown. This time next week I shall have (hopefully) completed my first ever London Marathon, actually my first marathon full stop!
It’s quite hard to believe that the day is nearly here. It almost seems a lifetime ago since the ‘You’re In’ magazine dropped through the door. At the time I was struggling with chronic plantar fasciitis and the thought of running 6 miles, never mind 26 was too painful to contemplate. But getting the place pushed me into action and with the help of the physio and remembering to not over do it I’ve managed to get to the start line – just!
Despite the PF and the cold from hell that never seemed to go away (it came back this week just to rub it in!) I think I’ll be in pretty good shape come next Sunday morning. It’s been an eventful journey, very slow to start – I was pushing a long run of 6 miles when most were already doing 15, then when I finally got my miles up I got ill and had no long runs for three weeks and my confidence was really knocked. But by joining David Lloyd Redway Runners for their long Sunday runs (they have around 50 runners of every level each week running together) I’ve found that longer mileage is possible and even enjoyable – especially with good company. Everyone in the group is going through the same journey, some were at Brighton today, some at London next week and the majority will be at the inaugural MK Marathon the week after. Most of us are first timers and experiencing things we never have before. But by doing it together it’s made the hard times easier.
So, it’s not been an easy journey by any stretch, but it’s one I (think) I’d like to do again – although I’m probably better placed to answer that one this time next week 😉