Yes I have recovered enough now 😉
I slept suprisingly well the night before the marathon and I was not nervous in the morning but I think the reason for this is I managed to fool myself. I told myself that I was just going to run a little bit longer practice run than normal and in a different place and all that mattered was that I ran until the end….guess it worked.
My main problem was that I never eat breakfast, I don’t like it, never have, if I eat before 12ish I feel ill and can’t stop eating for the rest of the day. But you cannot run 42km on an empty stomach, I prepared my breakfast already the day before, left over pasta from my lunch, and I really did try to eat it, I think I managed to eat about 10 pasta shapes before I had to give up. Seems I cannot eat breakfast no matter what’s at stake 😡
We (me & none runner Anders) had planned our route to the start the day before and it went fairly smooth to get to Greenwich.
I started at the Red start and it took about 30 minutes before I got across the start, luckily your time does not start until the chip on your shoe crosses the start line so there was no need to worry about the time.
The start went well and the first 10 km passed easily but then my right ankle started hurting with every step but it did not feel like a serious injury rather just annoying so I ignored it. The atmosphere along the course was fantastic, there were peolpe cheering you on everywhere, shouting your name. Steelbands and drummers, samba bands, orchestras and DJs played as well, there even were belly dancers entertaining you as you ran along.
I could hear everyone that shouted my name but it was really difficult to spot people in the crowd but I did see some of you. Jossan & Paul I heard you guys but I could not see you because where you were I was just in too much pain to focus on trying to spot people.
It was not until about 20 km when it starrted to get hard but up to 30 km it was not difficult anyway because the cheering of the crowd keeps you going. At 30 km it started to get harder but this is where I saw Lepras cheering station, I ran past pointing at them but they did not see that but Liz and Anders I heard you loud and clear when you finally spotted me. The see and hear them really gave me a boost.
Next 5 km was hard but on reaching 35 km OH MY GOD THE PAIN. My legs got really heavy and painful, my ankle hurt even more and the other ankle started hurting as well, if there had been none watching I’m not sure I would have been able to continue, luckily with the crowd watching and screaming “Eva you can do it” I had to do it. I slowed down a bit and drank a bit of water and took my fourth carbohydrate gel (from my Sweded pocket). The last bit was not my fastest but I continued in great pain and got across the finishing line in 4.47.54.
4.47.54 was not the time I had aimed for, ideally I wanted to finish somewhere between 4 and 4.30 but I am happy anyway, it was impossible to run faster in the beginning as there are just too many people in the way on the track. Also since it was my first marathon I am happy just to have finished it. But most importantly I finished the marathon before the 4 Rhinos, 4 Donkeys and 3 Wombles.
After crossing the line every step was painful, knees and ankles were really sore, my thigh muscles were rock hard and kept cramping up but so happy to have done it 🙂
It took a long time to get home because there were just people everywhere. We stopped by Subway on our way home to by sandwiches.
As we got home I noticed that the sun had burnt my face a bit causing a bit of sunstroke headache and my hair was just a salty and messy lump, so I washed it and cut the hair. After this we went to a restaruant with Anders family and ate steak and chips as this is what I really wanted to eat 😀
So was it worth it?
Absolutely, now three days later my joints are fine and only my thighs are sore. Call me foolish but I am already entered into next years London marathon and Berlins marathon in Spetember, have to improve my time you see 😀
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Jag var inte alls nervös dagen före och just före starten, jag låtsades att det var en längre träningsrunda än vanligt bara och det fungerade. Var lite orolig eftersom jag som vanligt inte lyckades äta frukost men jag orkade ju med maran ändå.
Anders följde mig till starten, men såg mig inte springa över startlinjen det tog ca en halvtimme innan jag kom över startlinjen och då hade han gått i tron att han missat mig.
De första 10 km gick lätt men sen fik jag ont i höger fotvrist, irriterande men inte allvarligt. det var härlig stämning längs hela rutten med musik och underhållning och massor som skrek och hejade på oss.
Vid 20 km så började det bli lite jobbigare men med stämningen så gick det iallafall, vid 30 km blev det tungt men då hörde jag Liz från Lepra och Anders ropa på mig vid hejar station på mile 19. Detta gav en lite boost. Riktiga pärsen kom vid 35 km, varje steg gjorde då ont. Men jag saktade ner tempot lite, tog en fjärde Kolhydratsgele och drack lite vatten. Efter detta så tog jag mig i mål.
Smärtan efteråt är enorm varje steg gör ont men allt är blandat med glädje och lättnad. Bränd ansiktet lite i solen som ledde till att jag hade ont i huvudet resten av kvällen och var tvungen att klippa håret lite efteråt eftersom det bara var en stor saltig tova. Vi firade efteråt genom att äta kött och pommes, precis vad jag ville ha 😀
Nu tre dagar senare så har jag bara ont i låren kvar, mest när jag går nerför trappor. Kalla mig galen men jag har anmält mig till nästa års maraton och Berlins maraton nu i september 😀