So with less than 12 hours until I set out to run my first road marathon (hoping the Christmas tread mill marathon will stand me in good stead), the nerves are definitely starting to kick in. Bizarrely, while I’m going to be running with 10,000+ other runners, for me, running such distances is very much a personal affair. We’ll all be there for different reasons, be it to obtain a coveted qualifying Olympic time, complete a personal challenge or raise a whole stack of cash for charity. Whatever the reason, determination, willpower and months of training will all be coming into play tomorrow morning.
Weather has been checked and we’ll be starting off around 16 degrees first thing, heating up to 22 degrees by midday – even more incentive to ensure a sub 5 hour finish. Playlist has been compiled and while it might not be to everyone’s taste, it should definitely keep me entertained for a few hours. Running kit sorted, gels at the ready and race number collected:
So the only thing left to do now is to chill out, eat some more pasta and get an early night. For those reading in the UK, you’ll be fast asleep when I cross the start line (around 4am GMT), but when you do get up, instead of sparing a thought for me (come on, it’s only 26.2 miles after all), spare a thought for the guys out on the front line, who won’t be able to take it easy after a morning of hard sweat – their challenge carries on day after day.
Respect to the Armed Forces.
Help for Heroes [21:21] Challenge