|London Marathon running superstars|
As soon as I finished my first half marathon, there it was. The presumption that, now I'd been there and done that, the next step was to head into the full distance. Perhaps it's because, when something is called 'half' of anything, there's another half that remains unfinished. And it's true! I'm certainly not finished with running – there are many, many more miles I want to run – but I only want to run them 13.1 at a time.
|The incredible Mo Farah looking strong in his first marathon|
|Kiera and Sian with cheering essentials|
For me, running is a way to release stress not create it. I enjoy the freedom of putting one foot in front of the other and seeing where I end up. I also like having a flexible training 'schedule' where I can justify a skateboarding lesson as cross-training. Don't get me wrong, I love a challenge but if that means possibly turning the thing I love into something I loathe, count me out!
|There's a surprising number of knicker-less runners out there!|
On Sunday, I watched the London Marathon in the flesh for the first time after years of viewing it from my bed. Based just before mile 23 and armed with an amusing sign, we saw a lot of grimaces and hobbles and, very sadly, one collapse out of consciousness. However, we did see some massive smiles. This is partly due to our sign (genius work from Kiera), partly because some people do genuinely love running marathons, especially London where the massive crowds can make any runner feel like a superstar. It was incredible knowing that we could lend a mini boost to someone taking on a massive task as we saw faces of pain crease up into giggles when they heard our cheers and read our request.
|London Marathon kit lay out|
So for now, certainly for the long foreseeable future, the only thing I'll be doing during a marathon is screaming my head off whilst waving pom pons and a slightly inappropriate sign whilst sneakily eating jelly babies meant to fuel runners.