With less than a week to go until the big race this Sunday, it’s a perfect time to look back and reflect on how far you have come during your training journey over the last few months. Those initial three-mile runs on bleak and cold winter’s evening, which felt like a marathon themselves at the time, now seem a distant memory.
As a new or even experienced runner, you will have gone through all the emotional highs and lows that preparing for any marathon can throw at you, and www.extramile.co.uk want to hear all about them. Parts of your body that you never knew you had start hurting, you will have run out of any new music that you haven’t listened too a thousand times, and you can’t even remember what a ‘casual’ Friday night drink is. But…you will have also felt incredible after completing that run that you thought was impossible two months earlier, you have seen parts of your city, town or village that you never even knew existed, and you know you are about to be part of something truly amazing.
Running a marathon is not only a massive physical challenge on the day, but it also requires a large amount of personal commitment and dedication that your friends, supporters and co-runners don’t see. The endless hours of training, stretching, eating and drinking (not beer or wine unfortunately) can at times seem overwhelming, but the feeling when you stand on the start line alongside thousands of other competitors all raising money for a good cause is worth every minute of your blood, sweat and tears.
www.extramile.co.uk, the official platform for runners of the Virgin Money London Marathon, is calling for all participants to share the highs, the lows, the unexpected and the challenges of training over the last few months with its online community.
Ahead of the event participants can build their own training timeline by tagging their Instagram or Twitter content with ‘#extramile’ and by the end of the marathon, all the tagged content will be collated into a time capsule, which has captured the months of hard work and dedication of those who’ve gone the #extramile for a good cause.
On race day, extramile.co.uk is calling for marathon runners to take a photo of themselves at the end of the race with their medal via Twitter or Instagram. All pictures shared with the supporting ‘#finisher’ and ‘#extramile’ hashtags will be automatically entered to win a well-earned weekend break for two.
Running a marathon doesn’t simply stop after your cross the finish line.www.extramile.co.uk want to hear about how runners felt after completing it; what went through your mind as you crossed the finishing line? How is your recovery going? What was the first thing you ate? Runners can share all their personal post-marathon stories with the www.extramile.co.uk community on Instagram or Twitter with the supporting ‘#extramile’ hashtag.
For further information and to get involved, see www.extramile.co.uk.