An amazing day!
We didn't seem to be hanging about much at the start before we were moving. Two miles in my bladder had gone (yet again...).
I spent the first 4 miles or so jockeying for space and finally got into the groove after about 6 miles. I had my mileage times strapped to my wrist and I found myself down at the halfway point. Finally I moved ahead of my target at 15 miles and after that I never looked back. I just seemed to go from strength to strength... I waited for the wall to come, but thankfully it never came. I guess there is a lot to be said for gels!
After powering along the embankment to the sound of the wonderful crowd shouting 'Go on Puffy' and 'C'mon Puffy', I finally finished with a time of 3:50:20! It was a fantastic day and I reckon I'll be back year after year if I can! It is the most uplifting experience in the world and I would recommend it to anyone- certainly worth all the many months of training.
Best Moment: The crowd along Embankment. I needed them more than any other time, and they kept me going. I can't thank them enough.
Worst moment: The guy receiving CPR at mile 10. (I understand he later passed away)
Biggest surprise: My recovery has been extremely quick.
Most memorable moment: Too many to mention, but one that stands out was giving my mum high fives at mile 7!
What would I do differently: Maybe drink a little less – I've never been to the loo so much in one day!
Key to my success: Increasing my longest runs to 20 miles.