My VLM 2010: Fruit Pastel Girl (5:20.22)

Tripped up by another runner at Mile 20 I was reduced to a walk, but determined to run the last mile no matter how slow or painful


Posted: 27 April 2010
by Fruit Pastel Girl

This was my first ever marathon and it was the best running event I have ever taken part in.  The race, however, did not go as planned.  I spent nine months training, completing two 17-mile runs and a 20-mile road race five weeks before (3:19) as well as a few half-marathons. I tapered in the last three weeks to be fully fit.

Everything was going great until after Mile 19. I had run all the way and was on for 3:30. I hadn't experienced any cramps, I was well-hydrated and well-fuelled but then I was tripped by another runner. I came to a sudden halt and when I went to run again I couldn't. I had unbearable pain at the side of my knees and thighs - I could only walk.  I managed to get to the nearest St. John's Ambulance post where they bandaged ice packs around both  my knees.  I looked a sight and certainly didn't see anyone else with ice packs bandaged to them. 

I continued but couldn't run. At Mile 21 I felt like I couldn't walk either. My family were just after Mile 22 - when I saw them I cried and remembered saying that I just couldn't run, I was in so much pain. They all said to just keep going. I thought of the moment that Derek Redmond was injured in the 1992 Olympics and how his Dad got him over the line - somehow I managed to keep walking (slowly to say the least). 

I kept attempting to run but it was no use. When I got to Mile 25, I was determined to run the last mile no matter how slow or painful. Believe me, it was painful. The crowds were fantastic - hearing people shout your name brought tears to my eyes.  I crossed the finish line in 5:20.22 - way off my expected time. 

I'm delighted to have completed the marathon, and am going back next year (hopefully) to do it justice and run the whole 26.2 miles. I wouldn't miss it for the world, even though I am currently on crutches, anti-inflammatories and pain killers. I have got some amazing memories which I will remember forever.

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Well Done you!  What a dreadful thing to happen!  I hope you come back next year even stronger and get the time you want!  Hope you get better soon!
Posted: 30/04/2010 at 08:38

The congestion was awful. I was nearly tripped and I nearly tripped someone else. Weaving around the slowing runners in front sapped all my energy (missed my sub 4 by 8 minutes). But you finished despite a horrible fall. 

Well done to you!! You did great! 


Posted: 26/04/2011 at 12:23

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