Reading all the low points ( post-marathon blues?) Have to share mine.
Nearly missed the start due to long wait for train at Lewisham to Blackheath. Had 2 minutes to spare to walking to start line so no mental prep, shoes were not tied up how I like them, felt drained at the start stressing about getting to start on time ... flipping disaster.
Aimed to do half marathon as I usually do but at 8 miles my tendonitis decided to say hello, probably due to trainer not tied properly.
So got round on a wing and a prayer. 5.20.19. Cried like a baby over the finishing line and vowed NEVER NEVER NEVERNEVER to do another one....that lasted a day and I now I want to do the New York Marathon next year to put right what went wrong. Can you understand that fellow runners? Because my non-running family and friends can't.
It was the most surreal experience; amazing and awful at the same time.
It was great to 'bump' into andyp and mattysmum....what were the chances of that?
The crowd was amazing, totally amazing. Thank you to those who could see my pain at times and called out with encouraging words.
Can't believe it's all over.......................
I've read that they reckon that it takes at least 5 or 6 marathons to get a feel for how to run one, pace yourself, get prepared properly etc etc.
I ran FLM in 2007 and the heat killed me, but also the travelling down, collecting number, trekking across London, catching trains, little sleep the night before .... so stressful and so tiring (before even running the race!). Since then, I've pb'd at Windermere and beaten my London time at Snowdonia on two occasions!
So, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself, put this one down to experience, definitely consider running a smaller marathon with fewer logistical problems (I've heard the Wales Marathon is brill!) and have another go!
Remember, it's not just the London marathon that's 26.2 miles
PS Can definitely recommend Snowdonia - little chance of overheating there!!
You are all absolutely right! My family, friends, patients, neighbours etc are in awe of me- a marathon is a days entertainment on the telly, watching completely mad people running a completely mad distance!
We have done it, another thing to tick off the list.
I've entered Brighton 2012 this evening, New York is for holidays.....well..you never know.
Onwards and upwards.
elgm wrote (see)
Does anyone know how hot it actually got in London during the race ?
It was 24 degrees in the shade according to my hubby who was parked near Regents Park, which means it was considerably hotter in the full glare of the sun.
A lot of people struggled in the heat, which is why so many were collapsing by the side of the road during the race.
Sorry I know Marathon's over now but did anyone else have problems with the trains getting to their starting venue. There was an article in my local paper about that and I thought I and the 'Super Mario 'plus 2 others were the only ones?
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