Tomorrow is the London Marathon and I always get nostalgic and a little bit homesick thinking back to when I ran it as my first marathon back in 2003.
I only did the London Marathon once but after I had done mine I went to the event each year to cheer on other people that I knew running the race. Knowing what they had to go through in the training as well as the race I remembered all the people that cheered me on and felt I should give some cheers back!
I remember one devastating (for me) year when I was stood at the 25.5 mile mark cheering on one of the Belgrave Harriers (my old running club) runners only to realise when it was too late that she was overtaken by Haile Gebreselassie – my hero – and I had been stood waiting to take a photo of him in the rain only to be concentrating so hard on the Belgravian that I missed my photo opp. I was inconsolable afterwards!
I always love the lead up to big races – I remember walking in to pick up my race pack in London and the official Marathon theme was playing – I was so excited about the race. The race expo’s are always a final boost and you can always get goodies there.
So tomorrow I will be tuning in to watch the highlights online to again watch the Marathon. I am a bit jealous I am not doing it myself but I know I will come to my senses at some point!
My personal trainer friend in the UK who is also remotely training me has one of his clients attempting a world record in tomorrow’s event – carrying a 40lb backpack around the whole 26.25 miles! You can read a bit more about it as well as his London Marathon experience in his latest blog post.