It was my first marathon, aged 40 plus, and I only started running 2 years ago. I trained so hard and nearly gave up once or twice as I trained on my own and I began to hate Sundays for the long run.
But I persevered and the main thing that kept me going in the last few weeks was the RW forum. I made new friends and gathered so many tips and great ideas to see me through the big day, it really was one of the best things for me about the marathon.
On the day I stuck to all I had learnt on my training runs, drank only water had my jelly baby ever mile after mile 9, refused the sweets and only did a few "high fives".
Lots of my family came up to London to support me and I saw them all at least 5 times during the race.
I LOVED every moment of the FLM even the rain, the atmosphere was better than I ever imagined, and I never believed that the crowds would get me round the extra 6 miles (having run a long run of 20 miles) but they did I had my name printed on my T-shirt and to hear words on encouragement meant so much.
I have stamina but not speed, and I am so proud of the fact I ran all 26.2 miles and I didn't walk one inch and it took me over 5 hours.
Would I do it again? YES. But give me a week or two to get over my sore legs and the blisters on unmentionable parts of my body!
Thanks RW - I could not have done it without you.
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