It was great to spectate and then see so many happy marafunners at the Red Lion afterwards. I'll not run through all the congrats because I'll miss someone, and everyone's been praised enough already. But I'll make an exception for Jools, who was looking fast and determined when I saw her on the Embankment, and has now got a PB to be really proud of. And everyone seemed rightly proud of their achievement - as you should be.
Two years ago I watched and was glad I wasn't running. Last year I watched it on telly, and this year I wished I was running. So, I'm coming off the bench for next year, either via ballot, club or charity place.
So an autumn marathon it is then. I am considering
which are all on the same weekend (start of half-term so Mrs MtR can come along for a holiday).
Once I've confirmed my entry I shall start posting here again full-time. in the meantime my running streak reached day 242 today - only 123 days to go!
SL: In Budapest there is a great place to run, on the island in the middle of the Danube. There's a tartan running track right round the island that is about 5km long and even has a clock at the Start/Finish line. Much nicer than a treadmill for a long run - and I have done a couple of 20 milers on treadmills myself in the past so I remember how bad it is.
TryChris: I do most of my intervals on the Embankment between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars. There are always some tourists about, but nothing like the numbers on the South Bank. And it's about a mile of wide pavement there.
So all the actual sub-3 marathon runners who've been keeping the thread warm for the past two or three years must wonder who all these old codgers are that have gate crashed their thread like a bunch of thirty year olds on a university reunion bar crawl!
Always good to hear that everyone is still alive and functioning.
I won't be running London this year (all my GFA slots are used up). But I am planning to be back one day.