Oh Dear

After a hectic week at work I find myself on the couch, feet up reading my latest edition of Runner’s World Magazine.

I came across an article entitled ‘The Marathon often has the last word’, within this article it stated ‘every marathon is a story, every one tells you about yourself. Its impossible to run through miles 19-24 in the midst of euphoria and exhaustion without being changed as a person’

This struck a cord with me. I have run 5 marathons each one has its story

  • Marathon 1 – A year before this I had taken up running and here I was running Flora London Marathon in my 40th year for Cancer Research UK. I loved it, totally amazed by the great crowds and the mass of runners with me the whole way. Wow what an experience
  • Marathon 2 – Two years on back at London, this was the hottest recorded year, and that record still stands. 7 Minute PB, not bad in that heat.
  • Marathon 3- Milton Keynes in horrendous weather, wind, rain, flooding. Dad said don’t run, he was right, but don’t tell him that! I shouldn’t have run
  • Marathon 4- Back to London, 48 hours before the start I was in the dentist chair having a root canal, on the day was dosed up with antibiotics and pain killers. Really struggled with stomach ache. This was on Big Madam’s birthday. Afterwards I drove the three hours home, only to pass blood when I went to the toilet, scary times.
  • Marathon 5-Chelmsford Inaugural Marathon-A route that took runners past the finish four times, with the ability to cheat and cut it short (some did I didn’t), this was sole destroying, but I did have fantastic support on the way round from work colleagues. A massive blister and chronic back ache contributed to the agony of those last few miles. Stubbornness got me to the end.

Yes every one of the marathons has a tale to tell.

Monday night the Running Club drew names for their VLM place. My name was pulled.

Seems my Marathon story telling days are not quite over-yet!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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13 Responses to Oh Dear

  1. It’s time you learnt that dads always right!

  2. Exciting times … again!

    Were you more happy …or scared?

    Good luck with the winter training.
    I’m tucked up with a blanket and a cold for the first time in goodness knows how long! The lad said he’d do a parkrun tomorrow and that’s super rare… I don’t want to miss that. I think my recent run of PBs is probably over, though.

    Looking forward to hearing your journey.

  3. momof3 says:

    woo-hoo! what a win!

  4. plustenner says:

    great news!!! see you at mile 18, where I will be cheering

  5. The old relic says:

    OMG – what’s the date?

  6. Marathon number six – time for a happy, awesome story. Go Shaz! Can’t wait to hear all about your training xxxx

  7. Steph says:

    Wow! Fingers crossed for marathon #6, and VLM #3! I’m not sure if father-in-law put in for the ballot (or whether he was successful if he did). We loved cheering everyone on this year – such an amazing atmosphere.

  8. mawil1 says:

    Wow lucky you getting a place at VLM. I know that you’ve done it before but it’s got to be better than one where lots of people were cheating! Good luck with the training , I’m looking forwards to hearing how you get on. Everyone speaks so highly of what a great experience it is with all the crowd support – something to look forwards to!

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