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My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:54

Tuesday - not been for any sort of run since the marathon. Is this right? Is this wrong? I don't feel like running.

I'm not quite sure how I'm meant to feel. Can any experienced marathon runners tell me?

Should I feel like running soon? I feel the need to get out there, but I don't feel the passion for it at the moment.

Any advice appreciated.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 22:53

Isabelabos: Thank you for your kind words. 

booktrunk: Thank you. I agree and have since risen from my fed up-ness about the time. My Autumn marathon will be a lot faster if I can get my arse in gear.

Ruth: Thank you. Gutted we will not be in touch again. I’ll send you a quick email this week.

LMActive: Seems my report touched a few people. Several members of staff in school commented on it as well - I didn’t know they read it

Andy: Been a long time since we sat in that motorway services eating a healthy meal 19 or so weeks ago. The weekend was very special, as was the marathon. I’m chuffed that I popped my marathon cherry in Paris. I wonder where my next one will be? Will you be entering the Asics competition again next year?

NTGNR: Thank you Sir. I will indeed share my next one.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 18:38

Thanks everyone. Your comments are appreciated.

I have no idea why it has gone italic.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:42

Gladrags : Yes you are correct. The post marathon slump is now passing and I'm smiling more at finishing rather than getting annoyed at not hitting the target.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:38
Thanks everyone.

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-4.30 Isabel

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:21

Hi Is, - an amazing report than made me smile from beginning to end. So many things we will forget so to have these reports is just brilliant.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 07:10

Rachelcgen: Thank you. 

I've just read it back and smiled. Wish I'd proof read it now - it's awful - but it is written from the heart lol.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 22:27

Monday (7th April 2014)

I dreaded this morning. I didn’t know if I would be able to walk. As it happens I could and I made it down for breakfast. It was a relaxed affair and in simple terms - I stuffed my face. Eggs, bacon, sausage, bread, cheese, coffee, toast etc etc. I was starving.

The Eurostar back was quiet. I think most people slept and then it was goodbye. I felt emotional but kept it all in. Everyone went their separate ways and Louise and I made our way over to Paddington for the next stage of our journey home. I was returning home as a marathon runner.

That evening I found my official time - 5:22:22 - a bit gutted. I felt low. I’d failed in my attempt to hit the Sub-5 target. I wondered whether the voters that put me into the competition would feel let down. I struggled on Monday evening and for most of Tuesday. It is now Wednesday and I’m feeling a little bit better. The post marathon slump is passing and I’m thinking of where to go next - where shall I go next? I’m not sure but I know that I have a new marathon PB that needs beating. I also have a new set of friends who will help me and encourage me.

So that brings me to the end of this story. From that first phone call from Andrea 18 or so weeks ago, through the bootcamp, the voting stages, the injury and the training days - never did I expect to be part of such an amazing competition. I am grateful for the time and effort people have put into getting me to Paris.

To my fellow team mates - I salute you. You are an amazing bunch of people. Inspirational in many ways. They have helped me through highs and lows and have been there with messages of encouragement. Thank you. I hope we stay in touch.

To Sam - you are an amazing coach. She put up with a lot of questions and begging from me during my darkest three weeks. She told me what I needed to hear and I think sussed me out very early on in the training.

To Physio Sarah - you have hands that can make a grown man cry. Like Sam you put me in my place when my own mind threatened to make me run. If I had not listened to you both I would not have made it.

Victor - your words about expectations helped me through the days following Sunday. Thank you.

Steve - I’m not a fast runner but listening to how you have coached Roger and Malcolm is brilliant. I’ll never be good enough for your categories but maybe one day I will get faster.

The Runner’s World Team - what an amazing bunch of people. Yes they had a job to do but each one of them were amazing. Their personalities shone out during the weekend. They made us welcome. They welcomed our wives and guests into the team. They are a special bunch and created an experience that I will probably never experience again.

Asics - there are many sports companies around but they have been brilliant to work with - providing so much kit and looking after us. Thank you. Never have I had so much.

The last people to thank are my family. Louise has supported me all the way through this campaign. She has put up with moments of desperation during injury and kicked my butt when I’ve felt like packing it all in - and not just with the running.

My son Gwion has also had to put up with a Daddy that is always popping out for a run instead of playing with him. I know he is proud but I hope one day when I show him the pictures and talk to him about this experience - he will understand why I did it. Hopefully I will inspire him to run and eventually we will run a marathon together.

Thank you everyone.


With the race finished and the VIP area packing up it was time to get changed and head back to the hotel. My legs were very sore so Katie offered to stretch them for me. Who am I to turn that down. She soon had me on my back (ooer) and digging her thumbs into my calves. Awww it hurt - but it was good. I managed to be interviewed and eventually made it back to the Metro.

I hobbled off the Metro with Louise and found a McDonalds. A Big Mac never tasted so good. I felt sick after eating it and didn’t finish the fries but the burger was lovely as was the drink.

We eventually made it back to the hotel - my legs getting better as we walked. I then fell asleep on the bed for about 90 minutes. Louise woke me at 6:45 ready for our 7pm evening meal. A three course affair with some beers - boy did it taste good. I think we eventually got into bed around 12:30 after saying goodnight to everyone.

My #asics262 Journey to Paris: Sub-5 Gareth

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 22:20

At 13 miles (or was it 15) I heard a scream. Sam and Andrea came speeding towards me shouting encouragement and running with me for a while. I don’t remember anything I said - but I do remember Andrea offering me water. I may have been a bit rude as I was in a zone and didn’t want to speak to anyone.

What else do I remember? The water/orange/banana stops - complete nightmare. It seems that everyone wanted their water at the beginning of the stops. What people didn’t realise was that the tables were at least 100 metres long so whilst everyone squashed and bumped each other at the start there was another 90 metres of table to get stuff. I worked this out quite early on but still found myself dashing to the water tables.

I remember grabbing a bottle of Powerade from their table and a french guy shouting at me. Seems we were not supposed to take the bottles - just the plastic cups with a mouthful. Whoops.

I remember waving to some photographers and some cameras. I remember bottles being hurled like missiles across the crowd from various runners.

I was doing well. I had been keeping an eye on my watch and was happy. Miles 13, 15, 17 and 19 all passed without much hassle and then it happened. Mile 20. I cannot describe it. Yes I’d head about ‘The Wall’ but I was going so well. I had to pull over - so I did. What did I do? I didn’t know - I remember a sense of panic setting in - the time…. I was stopped… I was on target for 4:45 - how could I let this slip….. I tried forcing myself to cry - to let out the frustration, the pain, the anger of stopping but it wouldn’t come. I felt sick. I wasn’t sick. In the minute I was stopped thoughts flew through my head. Good thoughts - positive ones. I stood upright and carried on building up again from a walk into a run.

21, 22 miles passed uneventful and then it came at mile 23 - the sickness. I felt it in the pit of my stomach. I dashed to the side of the road where I heaved around 5 times. Nothing came up. I was weak. I was sick of gels - I wanted some squash. Yes - blackcurrent squash. There was none. What do I do? I keeled over and wretched again. I looked for medical help - there was none. (I’m now glad - if there had been I have since admitted that I would have gone with them).

I had to carry on. I got up. Took on a jelly baby - chewed it felt sick and threw it out. I needed water but there was none until mile 25. I looked on the floor for a bottle - but decided against it. I run, I walked, ran, walked, walked some more. There was the Mile 26 banner - yes I had made it. The finish was around the corner. I knew Louise and the team would be there. I started running - as if in a film making a dash for freedom. Around the corner - they saw me. I head a cheer. The race announcer called my name. More cheering. 

I crossed the line. I had made it. I struggled to keep in the emotion. I didn’t know what to do but my senses soon came back as the pain in my calves kicked in. I had done it.


I hobbled to a barrier about 100 metres from the VIP area. I started talking to myself. Not sure what I said. I heard my name being called - it was Louise. It was then that 16 weeks of training, 3 weeks of injury and 26.2 miles of pain all came to the surface and I broke down. Louise tells me that I kept repeating “It hurts. It hurts so bad”.

Tears flowed and Dan the videographer soon had a camera in my face - filming the mess that had become. I’m sure it will appear on the website soon. I went and collected my medal and tshirt before heading back to the VIP area. The first person I saw was Isobel - we hug

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