Thoughts on spectating the London Marathon
While spectating the 2015 London Marathon so many memories came flooding back.
The pain, in body and mind, the endorphins, the ears ringing with the cheer of the crowd, hundreds of strangers shouting your name and cheering you on, that feeling of crossing the line. Gettings texts afterwards saying “I saw you finish on telly”, everyone wanting to see the medal and rooting for you. Those memories brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat, thinking of how those people running in front of me were going through all those things.
In 2014 I completed London, Halstead, Chelmsford and a 50 km in Kings Forest.
I think it changes people, you become a marathoner. It’s not something people just do, it something they become. I hate to think of how many people I’ve bored with the tales of it, to me it’s one of my proudest achievements. There is that joke, “How can you tell someone has run a marathon? They’ll tell you”. I think for me it’s if someone replies with 26 miles to the question of how long is a marathon, I can’t help but add “point 2” believe me, you feel that .2, that’s the most amazing .2 of my life and I can’t be robbed of it! (Well a marathon is 42.195 km technically anyway)
We spent most our time at mile 25. There was such a range of emotion passing by, some people looked totally unfazed, some were dragging their legs behind them, bleeding even. What everyone was wearing on their faces is will and determination. Everyone knew the finish line was imminent, we could see so many digging deep for the final stretch.
It was amazing seeing the elites, breezing by faster then I can sprint, looking as if they’ve only just set out, not 25 miles into a marathon. Seeing Paula Radcliffe, her radiant smile like a beacon as she ran, a true inspiration. But for me it’s all the others that make it special, everyone out there has a story to tell. So many of them would bring a tear to your eye.
You can’t run a marathon without going through a journey, those hours training, just you, the ground and your mind. Personally I think my journey has changed me for the better and looking forward to the next one.