I am sorry it has taken me a while to write this, I have been a busy little Juicyju ( actually I am 5 foot 8 so I am really quite big, but it sounds good!!).
❤️The weather- the sun shone and it clouded over as the day wore on with a spatter of rain which was timely and perfect
❤️I met up with most of the other C25kers that were there- how amazing in about 3 years we have all progressed to running a marathon!
❤️I ran all the way with another C25ker . It was so good to share the experience and when I had a wobble they spurred me on to keep going
❤️ My training paid off. I felt strong to the end and it was good to run it like a long slow run, I wasn't focused on speed or meeting targets, but for enjoyment and participation which I am to continue with as I run more marathons
❤️Loads of water stops
❤️ The crowds were very supportive
☹️ Brighton was generally very busy and my hotel was very expensive
☹️ The toilet situation was v bad, we had to queue for 1 HOUR... I nearly wet myself ( seriously) and there were no bushes to speak of. I did consider pretending to be a man, but I need a bit of practice to use a urinal ( remember the clip in The Full Monty?!!!)
☹️ The isotonic drinks were too weak and there were only gels at the stops- no fruit or anything ( Paris I had dried fruit and other goodies every 5k)
☹️ I had a dip half way as I could see others nearly finishing and mentally I needed to be a long way away ( geographically)
☹️ We had to run for about 6 miles in an industrial area which was worse than grim
👻 The barefoot runner badly limping at 15 miles ( ouch, ouch and ouch)
👻 There was a woman at about 21 miles obviously very poorly and it hit me the effect of running a marathon has on our bodies
👻 The couple with, 'hubby' and 'wifey' T shirts. That is all I am saying on that one
I feel strong and I ran 7.5 miles yesturday on my trail and it felt good. I am tired today but eating and resting. I am really excited about planning the next one and supporting everyone else running races. As always i am also thinking about new goals.
My Next steps:
Up my mileage to 40 miles a week to prepare for an ultra and also to get my body to a place I can do marathons very comfortably so I can get the most from the experience
Sign up for Eden marathon in October- to enjoy, no time target
Consider an ultra in the Summer???????? should I??
Strengthen my hips ( my weak spot, they get very sore)
Train for a sub 2 hour HM in September by continuing my intervals, hill sessions and increasing my 10k till I get there ( I can maintain the right pace for that distance)
The clip is just a bit of fun from the day, and the pic is a medley of my visit!
Thankyou all for all your support and encouragement... back to the polls now ( sorry for the gap!!)