Good morning everyone
What i have witnessed over the last 10 days or so has truly astounded me. i did not think i could think any more highly about any of you but boy how wrong was i! From our superstars bashing up paris(gaelle you know my thoughts) to those legends smashing brighton,to those of you who marmolised london on sunday.ALL of you should be immensely proud of what youve achieved, yes, of course some will feel down,some will feel sad at not running PBs or not bein able to finish but i truly believe all of you gave every single thing you could have given. THAT is what defines a person in my eyes,not time ran,calories burnt,PBs run. its when things go against you or youve hit the deepest depths of your soul and still keep pushing forwards,keep moving onwards,THAT to me is true human spirit. i reckon every single one of you was hurting at some stage over the last 10 days in the marathons run and if you didnt your lying,you ALL had a fight with your head and body at some stage in the race and you all know the outcome of that fight.
Some of you will feel euphoric,you may have run a PB,you may have ran your first and last marathon or this may have catapulted you to entering more marathons in the future and thats brilliant:) keep those lovely thoughts in your head as you move forwards,when life gets tough remember marathon day,remember how you felt,the pride you felt at your achievments you CAN do anything.
For lots of you though i suspect you feel down,you feel flat,all those months and months of having a goal to strive for has gone,the runs through the winter,the day edging closer,the feeling of excitment building and building and bolty was spot on ,it felt like being a kid again at christmas,but that has now gone. but how do we respond? we respond by lifting those chins up,puffing the chest out and being bloody proud of what youve achieved. this is the start of your journey not the end,this is experience,this is real,it hurts inside but move forwards,youve made history over the last 10 days,its written in stone,cant be changed but you CAN change the future,look in the mirror,someone different is looking right back at you,dont dwell on the past,that person in the mirror wants you to move on.
Reading every single one of all your blogs has put me in a position to get to know how to respond to you,some need a hug,some need a kick up the arse,others i cant help,some dont want or need my help. but i will continue to try to help you as much as i possibly can.this community WILL get stronger and stronger,you WILL all get faster and quicker,our friendship will get closer and closer and we will ALL push each other every single day.this is not the end my friends its the start of the rest of your life:)
I must mention the picnic on saturday,what a lovely lovely afternoon,from nearly swimming accross the lake at the start to making sure libby got the right train at the end i loved it.everytime i tuned around there was a legend right next to me,turn left=legend,turn right=legend,look straight ahead= legend,it was an honour to be involved with a group lke you.for those who couldnt make it we will all meet one day,we have other races to strive for,weve booked marathons together,we have our leader OGGIE OGGIE OGGIE run 2 to look forwards too,our paths will cross of that im sure and ALL of you i cant wait to meet you.
Well done everyone,from those taking up exercise for the first time,for those digging deep every day,for those running half marathons,for those running full marathons for those who have ultras on the horizon ..good luck. every step you take be it however short is moving forwards,that is how we roll.
Onwards and upwards
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