So yes, London Marathon number 7 is in the bag (made up of 6 actually in London and 1 ran virtually).
But wow, what an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend! A trapped nerve (I think?) saw me barely able to walk on the Saturday after a week of back problems and I didn’t see how I could even make the start line, let alone the finish?! I was this close to ringing the charity and pulling out. I was so downhearted.
Thankfully the problem eased overnight and I headed to Greenwich (with a planned 49,999 others) to set out to do a London Marathon that has been 24 months in the making…..because Covid.
The result? One of my favourite marathons ever and around £2k raised for Muscular Dystrophy U.K’s Team Orange. An honour and a privilege to have played a small part in it. After Saturday’s problems I was exceptionally nervous and doubtful with jelly legs until 8 miles, long after I’ve normally settled down. The thought of seeing my family at 12 miles kept me going and gave me the boost I needed though. A boost that would keep me jogging consistently (but slowly) to 21.5 miles. From then on it was self preservation and a run/walk strategy before the glory of The Embankment, Birdcage Walk and The Mall.
I finished in front of Liz’s gaff within my 6.5 hour target time at 6 hours, 20 minutes AND the all important 11 seconds. Not bad for a fat bloke sliding ever faster towards fifty years old eh?
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