Well. I am pleased/relieved/proud and a tad sore in typing that I completed an ambition today of running a marathon. Got round it in 4.51.15 and I’m still here to tell the tale.
I ran with my friend Ro – also running his first marathon today – and it was a privilege to have run Luton with him.
I met some amazing people and heard some amazing stories from runners around the track, including a man dressed up as Superman, who has apparently run 285 marathons at the rate of 1 a week and raised a stack of cash for charity. And when I crossed the line, I met another man who has run 71 marathons. Not to mention all the amazing runners who absolutely pelted it around that course with true style and athleticism. All very inspiring.
As for me, I’m pleased to have my slippers on and be sitting down on my sofa! Certainly not planning on joining Superman for another marathon next Sunday, but who knows – there may be more in me yet. London is still calling…
Thanks to all the race organisers, marshalls and water stand people of the Luton Marathon. You guys really were very encouraging and supportive to a lowly marathon newbie such as I. The kind words that came from so many different people were immensely helpful and got me through some of the tougher spots and hills!
Last, but by no means least, a massive thanks to my amazing gadget man husband, who used an I-phone app to track my progress around the course and popped up in multiple hedgerows, lay-bys and car parks all around the course to cheer me on. Thanks also to the amazing Zoe and Harry, Adam, Margaret, Graham, Claire, Andy, James and mum and Baz for all the support all through the route. It was just such a boost. You guys rock.