I do not know where to start regarding completion of the london marathon 2012. Sunday 22nd April 2012 was a monumentous day for many! I cannot even begin to describe the atmosphere and feelings of that day! You go through so many emotions – fear, excitement, nervousness, joy, anticipation and they just keep going round and round every step you take. One thing is for sure without the crowd this event would be nothing. The support from people lining the whole 26.2mile route is amazing! Not for one moment were you missing a clap, a cheer, a shout out, music, people partying on the side lines it really was awesome. One minute your laughing cheering and smiling, then a couple of miles down the line you’re quiet thinking I am not going to make it everything hurts, it is an on going circle but the most of it you are up beat and it only takes for one person to cheer your name or shout encouragement and you are off again, it is so amazing and an experience everyone should have
Completing a marathon is no mean fete and one that should not be considered lightly. You need to do the training, you must be disciplined and above all you must not over train. Unfortunately for me I went in to the marathon over trained, I was physically, mentally and emotionally tired which was a shame as I had been working so hard towards this. I am now paying the price and will need to rest for at least 2 weeks with no running for maybe longer. Train wise people, anyone can run a marathon if they want to you just need to be focused and respect your body. I have learnt the you do not have to. Do as I say not as I do and you will come out of it strong like me two amigos!!
Glenn Hawkins and Simon Hellowell smashed the marathon with no worries, they trained smart, ate nutritionally and rested when their bodies needed it and came out the other side in not to bad shape I am very very proud of them and would not have wanted to of shared the experience with anyone else. We had our laughs along the way, we kept each other going and encouraged each other through the hard times. It is funny how you can one minute be laughing and joking the next running in comfortable silence trying to push through the wall!!
The guys and a couple of my other clients will be completing the Town and Gown 10k this Sunday in Cambridge, for some this will be their first 10k so I will be going to support them and cheer them on. Every race you complete is a great achievement and something you should be proud of. Every single one of my running medals is on display and not one of them is more important then the other. They are all significant to me and represent an important time in my life and a goal achieved……………………… so should yours Good luck to everyone running the race.
London marathon 2012 done – time to rest and recover (blisters to heal, toe nails to grow back) so we can be ready for our next challenge………………..!!