Category: Sharon

Brighton Marathon 2013 – Not my greatest day (mark ii)

So, the reference to ‘mark ii’ means there must be a ‘mark i’ – this could either be David’s report from 2011 or my London Marathon from 2012. You decide… I feel like I need to write down a few thoughts after the Brighton marathon. It’s pretty tough to remember it even now, to be honest. I didn’t blog this year about my training as I think last year when I did it just added to the pressure I felt

Virgin London Marathon – 22 April 2012 (Sharon)

Well. I am going to write down some thoughts whilst things are fresh in my mind. I suspect this will be quite long, so feel free not to read on ;) I slept reasonably well, woke at 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep but that was OK, to be expected. We had breakfast (my usual pre-long-run rice pudding), kit on, off to the station. We had planned on taking the 7:03 from Twickenham, which wasn’t showing on the boards.

0 days to go…that must mean it’s Marathon Day!

I’ve banked the miles, it’s time to make a withdrawal. Bring. It. On.

1 day to go…

All of sudden, it’s, “the day before the London Marathon”. Gosh, that came around quickly ;) This morning saw me at Bushy parkrun, taking some photos (including photos of a certain Special parkrun Person getting a shiny PB, awesome!) and meeting parkrunners and parkrun Event Directors from far and wide. It was a great morning, I must say. When Paul looks around and sees what he has created and how people come together from all over the world as a

2 days to go…

Rest day. Nice. Well, I did some chores, went to the supermarket, had an afternoon nap, listened to the Diane Ackroyd interviews on Marathon Talk and then went to a talk given by Comrades Ultra Marathon legend Bruce Fordyce. Wow. He was brilliant, so funny – even for a South African ;) He spoke a lot about the traditions of the race. This is the kind if thing I love – history of events, traditions, even a bit of pomp

3 days to go…

So it’s Thursday. One more run left on the schedule, which was 2 miles. I thought I would run down to Old Isleworth to see the Queen’s Royal Barge, “Gloriana” as she was lowered into the Thames. I timed it to perfection to arrive in sunshine but as the weather had been a bit iffy, donned my goretex running jacket, complete with thumb holes (my favourite thing!) and off I set. It was a bit further than I thought, 1.6

4 days to go…

Only 4 days. So 4 miles on the schedule for 4 days to go, had a nice little run – got soaked the first 2 miles but then dried off a bit on the way home. Strangely, the time I don’t think much about the marathon has been when I am running. However, for some reason today as I was running along I started to think about what it would be like to see that, “385 yards to go” sign.

5 days to go…

Today was my last day at work for a while. I decided a long while ago that I would take the week after the marathon as annual leave (mostly because I don’t think I will be able to get down the stairs, so I just won’t bother) and I wanted time beforehand to rest and get to the marathon expo without any pressure. On my schedule for today was 3 miles. I set off with Marathon Talk in my ears,