Before, during and after!
It was amazing!
Because of the heavy rain, I reluctantly decided that my intended route from the Hospital to Stevenage would not be safe so with my support riders we found a suitable route
It may sound a bit cliché but what an emotional roller coaster. In places, I was laughing and in places, I was literally crying.
The app that was hastily put together was brilliant. I had the audio off as I like to listen to music as I run, but there were little bits of commentary by Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram as well as the crowd cheering at particular moments which related the run to where I would have been having I been in London.
The stories in the later stages were inspiring and emotive, particularly that of the first Marathon finish.
I had trained to 18 miles non-stop and to 20 miles with a short rest.
I ran the entire way at more-or-less the same pace, finishing in 5hr 12min which, given it was my first one, the adverse weather and lack of crowd spurring me on, I think is reasonable.
Fortunately, I had three friends escorting me on bikes, keeping me hydrated and supplying encouragement.
I expected it to be physically demanding but the mental and emotional demand was equal to the physical one.
I don’t know if I hit “the wall” but at 20 miles I was doubting whether I could finish. Then Steve Cram interrupted my 90’s dance music to say that I only had 10km left to do, which helped spur me on to the finish.
I am still a bit sore, in particular my ankles and knees, although they give me grief anyway. Nothing that a bit of a rest, a hot bath and Tiger Balm won’t sort out.
I feel privileged to be able to run for CTRT,