While I’m no longer having dreams about showing up late and completely frazzled to the start line of the London Marathon, the excitement/ nervousness has upped. Nothing like going to the Expo for a little anxiety inducement!
But the excitement of Expo was upped by getting to meet some more twitter folks – Melinda and her husband who on twitter is known as MFH (Melinda’s favourite husband) who are over from the US, Paul, one of the pacers, and others. It’s a small world in runners’ land!
I’m doing my best this last couple of days to try and stay relatively calm. Easier said than done. It might mean a little time off social media and back to reading some novels I’ve got tucked away. There’s going to be a little carb loading, perhaps a few naps, some Netflix. Tomorrow I get to cheer on beginners doing their first ever 5k at Parkrun.
I have to keep reminding myself that I’ve done this before, a few years ago now. The excitement then was saying I’d run a race with Mo Farah. OK, so he obviously beat me by a few hours and I didn’t see him at all, but still very cool! I know a lot more now about pacing and nutrition and I am a stronger runner.
And I have a plan – for pacing, nutrition, managing energy levels as best I can. I’ll be getting to the starting area pretty early as I know even a 5 minute delay of a later train will stress me out. I’ve got a target pace for the first half and expect to slow a little in the second. The main thing of course is to keep going until that finish line and to enjoy the experience that is the London Marathon.
I suspect this won’t be my last marathon, whether that’s on roads or hitting the trails. And I won’t be fast but that’s OK when a 5k Parkrun felt like a long way at New Year’s.
So here’s to everyone having a great day – runners, marshals, spectators, St John Ambulance crews, folks at water stations, those watching on TV. And a huge thanks to all those who have supported me in person, via lovely comments on this blog, and in social media land – I am truly grateful!
Training Recap – last week of #tapermadness
Saturday – 2.5 miles with beginners, core and stretching
Sunday -5.8 miles
Monday – core and stretching
Tuesday – core and stretching, pilates class
Wednesday -2.5 miles at target marathon pace. Legs felt good. Went along to Expo!
Thursday -2.5 miles at target marathon pace. Core and stretching
Friday – core and stretching and a little wandering about
Total – 13.3 miles
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