Marathon Dream Fulfilled

by Janet on November 18, 2012

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.

Great support crew

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Mark Sutton November 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Congratulations on the completion of I hope will the be the first of many marathons to come. I can only marvel at people who have responsibilities which may jeopardize any such undertaking.
I completed the Robin Hood Marathon in September 2011 the weather conditions were appalling which made the experience even more challenging finishing with a time of 04:05:35. The longer your out their the tougher it is, mentally and physically. Having said all that they get easier? in that you have now experience. I have taken part in the Luton Marathon twice now in 2011 with a time of 03:48:20 the last five miles where very unpleasant this was due to starting at too fast a pace. The second one in 2012 I completed in 03:33:03 a fifteen minute improvement on the previous year and overall 30mins on Robin Hood. And I am filthy two years old and only started running in the last three years. My point being you will improve and achieve new PB’s keep up all the good work and most important of all the love and support of your family and friends that empower you too get out there and run on those days when we don’t want too. All the best in the future see you at Luton in 2013.

Kind Regards

MS

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Janet November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hi Mark

Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. Really appreciate you taking the time to share. You have done some amazing times! A very impressive record indeed! Yes – I do hope that I will go on to do another marathon and improve my time. I think that’s the next focus for me – trying to improve my mile pace over a distance. When I did the marathon training for Luton, I focused on getting out there, doing some running and trying to up my distance. I didn’t do much hill work or pace work, as that just seemed too much for me to think about! I think that now I have got Luton out of the way, I can try to focus in a bit more on improving pace and building strength. Luton was a great experience and has taught me loads. It’s also taught me that I am capable of more than I think at times and can build on that. Have a great week and thanks for your encouragement.

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