Today I ran the London Marathon. I got to the end. Details of the day will follow when I can get them on to paper!
I would like to offer some thanks today in Oscar acceptance speech style!
- My long-suffering husband whose support ranges from ‘you can’t go out training in that, are you mad?‘ to a text I received this morning telling me to be ‘strong‘ to a text as I finished to tell me he was ‘proud‘ of me.
- My even longer suffering parents who follow the blogs, the training and are continually supportive of whatever I do
- Big madam for coming to watch her mad old mum on her 22nd birthday run 26.2 miles, following this with a text that said ‘I don’t know another mum who has run the London marathon three times and has put up with a daughter like me for 22 years. You must be a sucker for pain and exhaustion. Well done mum I am proud of you’
- Little madam for treating me when I got in (Blog all about this later in week)
- All my great friends and bloggers who messaged me before the day and on the day, special mention to Michele in New Zealand who sent good luck wishes that got to me from across the world as I reached Blackheath
- The Millers for keeping me company pre the start
- Essex Running buddy who became cyber running buddy and sharer of misery!
- Emma fellow blogger and marathoner who introduced herself in pen 8, it was nice to pass the time and stop the pre race jitters.
- Bloggers who came to support whom I missed!
- The spectators along the way
- The complete stranger and fellow runner who asked me as I blew my nose at the end ‘is that tears or snot’ at the same time as he hugged me (dam should have got his number!)
- The lady on the Embankment station who saw me sat on my own and came over to tell me ‘well done’
- The expectant couple on the tube who smiled as I sat down and then wondered whether they could do it, I assured them they could and told them to enter!
- The lovely family who travelled with me to Richmond who had many words of praise for me.
So many lovely people I met today and I count myself very luck to have experienced such kindness.