What can I say It was amazing and so completeley tough but I finished!
I was not used to running in the heat and the hours of noisy crowds it totally blew my mind. People queing for toilets , people running at mile 2, people stopping dead in front of me, being boxed in most of the time!! All things I had not expected at all! I was so happy to hear people cheering my name and it was amazing getting such great support. The race was full of a roller coaster of emotions, one minute I was laughing and feeling great passing the live music and cheering crowds wow it was truly amazing! but after about mile 17 I wanted to cry and collapse on the floor in a heap! I have no idea why I felt like this as in training I had run 20 miles in 3hr 15 no problem.I checked my phone and it reckoned I had run way more than 17 miles. . By the time I crossed the line it was a chip time of 4.58 ( half hour more than I had hoped ) my i phone registered 29 miles !! not sure if this can be possible. Gutted I had to walk near mile 24ish but I remeber saying to myself dont forget you would run if you could. Its so difficult being surrounded by people walking and trying to resist ther urge to walk too. Also I was weaving round people all the time ( can you tell I started in zone 9 Red start!)
Anyway it doesnt matter I am so proud of my medal and that I finished.
The Tuesday and Weds after the race I had this massive low and cried for reasons I cannot explain. After googling this and the fact that I have a completeley achy roof of my mouth ( I couldnt eat after it hurt so much ) I felt reassured Im normal! Im over that now and today went out for my first run since and felt great.
I have realised I have spent all my waking thoughts on preparing for the marathon its like there is a void now. So there is only one thing to do and thats keep running and try and get a ballot place next year...maybe! Meanwhile Ive registered for a 10k race on 12th May which Im hoping will be a breeze!
Well done to all who ran last Sunday it was an amazing day I shall never forget!
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