Sunday was my first marathon. I came in at 4:04 and am currently in great pain but.......it was worth it!!!
I started at the blue start and hooked up with the 9.00 minute mile pacer.
I was running for Children with Leukaemia and stayed with him until just past 24 miles. I gave in after that and had a little walk/run/walk stage but got an energy surge and managed a sprint finish which felt amazing.
I wanted to thank that man because I would have fallen so much earlier. Having the pacer helped, not only to pace myself but, also psychologically eliminated any chance of walking earlier in the race. Every time I wanted to give up, I knew that that one moment of weakness would mean losing the pacer and the whole race would be much harder on my own.
Thank you. I had a great day.