On sunday I ran the IOW Marathon. I went to watch last year and secretly thought I might give it a go altho at the time I was only running 5k's. In training my longest distance was 20 miles. I was planning to pace it nice and slowly, aiming for any kind of finish time as long as I made it. With Aliboo along for support and Boz making an on the day entry we arrived at Cowes Community Centre with a mixture of nerves and excitement, signed in and had 40 minutes or so to get ready for the start. I was wearing my lucky socks Pops gave me in Manchester do knew I'd be OK . I started at the back, boz further up the field. After 5k or so I met up with some IW Roadrunners that I know and felt comfortable so decided to run with them. Saw Ali and our dad at about 7 miles. I think they were surprised I was there that early!. Everyone in our little group was encouraging each other and before we knew it half way was reached. I was 16 minutes inside my half marathon PB! Saw ali and dad again who said boz had gone through 15 mins earlier. Gradually as the miles went by our little group split up and I found myself in the middle running on my own. Met Boz at around 17 miles having hit the wall but carrying on. The last few miles were very hilly but I made it to the finish , met by my son, ali and various other friends and relatives in 4'41. Boz came in in 5'17. Amazing willpower to make it after 9 miles of pain!. Overall a great experience. I think we will both be back next year. Maybe Aliboo too, right Ali?
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