Posted: 23/04/2013 at 19:30
Feeling really tired after Sundays efforts.Physically and mentally but ha the most fantastic day.As some of you know it was my 50th birthday the day before the marathon so went ou to a nice Italian restaurant with my family,my twin sister and her children.Had a great evening but half my mind was of course on the marathon!
Awoke early on Sunday.Slept ok and a mixture of nervousness and excitement.Fire alarm went of at 6.30am,so all had to go down to the car park.Not ideal preparation as didnt know how long before we could go back to our rooms.3 firemen arrived and soon said it was ok.Think someone had burnt the toast for breakfast!
OH escorted me to the station and soon I was off to Greenwich Park with what seemed like a complete train load of runners.Everyone looked really excited.First got in the queue for the loo,always feel more relaxed once that's out the way!
then really just tried to soak up the atmosphere and hoped that the nice sunny but cool morning wouldn't get too warm.Found my baggage bus,met up with a local estate agent from my town who was also running for VICTA and was asked to help a couple of runners get their camel costume on which was great fun!
Started from the red start which I think everyone does unless you're an elite or celebrity.The start seemed miles away but got chatting with a few people and shuffled forward.Took about 30 mins before I went over the start line.
tried to keep between 11 and 12 minute miles as I knew this pace felt comfortable.Was really crowded though.Was difficult to keep a steady pace with people so close.Had a scary moment at first water stop.Someone threw their bottle
against the kerb so it rebounded and I stepped directly on it.Could've easily have slipped up there.Made a very conscious effort to look out for bottles after that.Parts of the course very busy.Seemed to be overtaking a lot of people so maybe should've started nearer the front of Pen 9.
Running past The Cutty Sark was a highlight as one of the familiar landmarks.Lots of noise everywhere,people shouting my name etcFelt really great.Just hoped I would be still feeling ok later!Saw my family at mile 12,had some nice hugs then off again.Had a lovely moment when ran around the corner and there was Tower Bridge.Wow,the noise here was deafening!Remembered what Martin Yelling had said at the Expo that 13 miles should feel really easy.Was at half way in about 2:35 so was happ with that.
From mile 15 it started to feel not so comfortable.The sun was right in my eyes and felt like it was getting warmer.Then my caffeine Shot Blocks whic I was saving for 18+ miles fell out of my gel belt.I didn't know what had happened until I tried looking for them but then remembered something fell earlier.Wa worried as was starting to need a bit of a pep up.Then started worrying that I needed the loo bu saw some loo queues and just knew it would take at least 5 minutes so thought I would hang on and try to put the lack of caffiene shot blocks and toilet ou of my mind.Was tough though and Garmin started giving false readings around Canary Wharf because of all the high rise buildings.So many people walking,had very brief 10 secs walks but that was all.Still felt fairly strong and tried to keep positive.
20 miles was a great boost,just a 10k left!Legs feeling heavy and tired,needed extra 10 sec walks but felt so determined to make VLM a good PB so head down,really loved the shouts from the crowd and knew I would see my family again between miles 22 to 23.Had an idea that I wouldn't stop running until I had seen them,I didn't want them to see me walking a step!So kept on running,kept to the right side as that was what we had arranged so loads of shouts from the really enthusiastic crowd.Where were they??Finally saw them when my Garmin was reading 23.34 miles!