A few disjointed points from yesterday!
That was one of the hardest but best things I've done in my life.
I have never been so scared.And I have never quite appreciated how far 26.2 miles is!
My leg started at annoyingly painful to I can't run anymore painful.It was like the Hulk had taken up residence in my calf and was trying to split the whole thing open.Ouchy.
Miles 14 - 18 were a blur,I just remember thinking bugger me this is horrible.
Knowing I had people to look out for along the way got me round.Without that,it would have taken me hours longer.
I was very pleased that I did not need to stop for a loo break!
Shock Absorber sports bras are life.
I have never seen my Dad lost for words,and all he could do at Mile 22 was beam and clap me on the back.Apparently when I left he burst into tears.
Running a marathon does not a great first meeting make - the gorgeous @thinkingclarely who I have admired from afar for months,saw me on the home straight and screamed for me.I ran over to hug her and literally bellowed in her face "running is ****ing bullshit".Awesome.
I am much more determined than I thought.Yes,I had to walk more than I planned,but the whole way round I was thinking "okay,so what can I do to train better for the next one?"
I knew this already,but the running and fitness community is one that I am so lucky and immensely proud to be part of.The support I received through training and in the days prior to Sunday - people going out of their way to encourage me.The amount of love and good will on that course,from runners and supporters.Runners meant to run yesterday but having to defer,so making damn sure they were there to help and motivate in any way they could.Having my fitfam make the effort to come down and move to multiple points around the course so that I could barrel into them and have a squeal and a hug.
Yesterday was incredible,and I can't believe I have run the London Marathon.Just thinking it makes me well up.
To everyone who ran - you're incredible and you are all so inspiring.
To everyone who has gone through this with me - thank you from the bottom of my heart.