I guess I should probably say sorry for how long it's taken me to get around to writing this, but to be completely honest I needed a lot of deep heat and a holiday before I could really talk about the experience in any positive light.
It's mad to think that it was as far back as this time last year when it all began, as Rory and I entered the ballot, not really thinking that we would get in but having somewhat of a desire to run it. Then October came round before we knew it and Rory was in and I wasn't. As happy as I was, I knew that, as selfish as it was, I couldn't watch him train and race all by himself without having some internal breakdown, so when an opportunity came up to run for the amazing London Youth, I truly jumped at it.
Then came New Year's Day, and hungover or not, we strapped on our trainers to begin what would become the most life-limiting four months. Moving house, two big work events and countless training runs really took it's toll and at the end of March, I was really really struggling with finding a positive outlook on life. I was exhausted.
But as we began to taper, my sunny outlook started to return as I realised that the end really was in sight and we would soon be able to plan things less around our gruelling training schedule and more around all the other exciting things we had to look forward to. I should caveat that this time was interspersed with crippling waves of nausea every now and again when I thought about what I still had to go through.
But soon enough, the day itself came, and I was overwhelmed with a sense of calm. Of just going out there and getting it done, and that's just what we did. We took on 26.2 miles, (or a bit more when you figure all the overtaking and sidestepping we had to do) and we bloody finished it.
And so sorry, but you're going to have to wait a little longer for the race review, as today I wanted to dedicate this post to giving the marathon training a little respect and love of it's own. I've done one marathon with and one without any preparation at all, and I can safely say that getting through the training schedule is a huge achievement in it's own right. So, BIG UPS to everyone who has trained for a marathon, no matter whether you completed it or not. You are all heroes.