Monday, April 18, 2011

Mission Accomplished! Runner 58752 FINISHED! 7hrs 35m 35s

After a lovely couple of chilling days in Barnes with our friend Mummy Bear (Sue Adams!) we moved to the hotel on Saturday lunchtime.
Checked into the Cumberland Hotel on Marble Arch (very nice indeed) - got all my kit ready, chip on my shoe, number on my shirt and laid it all out ready.

Went a little way down Oxford St for a little retail therapy..not a lot, it was quite hot!
Met up with friends in the Bar, Steve (London cab driver and fellow Channel swimmer) and Beryl & David from the West country and they joined us and the Jersey Variety team for dinner - in Prezzo just over the road from the hotel - lovely food and great company.
Bed at 10 - got my plasters and compede oll on my toes ready for the morning - they stick better the night before..

RACE DAY - yes, my very first 'RACE' was going to be the London Marathon - much to Annette's delight!
Up at 6am - breakfast at 6.15 - porridge & coffee
Team photos in Kit outside hotel before Bus collection at 7am..
Off to the 'Blue start' on Black Heath - drove along quite a bit of the course..scary!
arrived about 8am - and found a place to relax - chat - drink water -a nd get nervous/excited while watching everyone also get nervous /ready / excited - lots of funny costumes and people around - adn the TV commentary was great too..lots of texts from all in Jersey....all good.

Charlie was on 'Ground Control' and texting all who wanted to know on my progress -

BUT the weather looked like it was gonna be warm....

Start time in the 'pens' was 9.45am...we were all in different 'pens'- I was in the last pen (9) with Sam Logan..
off we went - with the crowds - 47,000 entries....39.000 + on the start lines I believe (TBC)
and we were off....

The crowds were amazing; very emotional - everyone calls your name all day long...
just after 3 miles - my 'bum-bag' broke - disaster!!!!! it had my gels, goodies, music, phone, tissues & camera! I had to then carry it and hope that I saw Charlie soon!

Everyone was correct! The crowds and music along the course were fab! - the showers were even better!

The day got hotter; and met up with Charlie at Greenwich (just passed the Cutty Sark) - gave him my bag after taking gels and supplies out and shoving them down my bra and knickers! not brilliant but the best I could do..
carried on - many people were already walking in the heat so I didn't feel so bad when I did...
2 hours and my toes were playing up already - but tried to take my mind off it all..all my pain killers etc were in my bag! oh well - gotta get on without it!
met all sorts of brave people;and saw rhino's tigers, apples,dinosaurs, bears, ducks, testicles (yes - testicles!) all sorts of people dressed up in so many silly costumes - and I thought I was mad!!! Oh no not me!
At 12 miles - saw Charlie again - and he had fixed my bag!!!! YAY! re-arranged everything in it and off I trotted....was enjoying it now..
Popped into the loo just before the 13 mile marker;

Asked St John's Ambulance for extra vaseline on my toes....that really helped..they stand there all day along the route with rubber gloves and vaseline..lovely! I believe that Mike Bushell from BBC Breakfast accidentally ate some nearer the end of the course, thinking it was a sweet! YUK! Glad I didn't do that!

Saw Anna Tredant just after Tower Bridge; that was nice to see her
- but after this, this was the worst place as we were being passed by everyone running really fast on the other side - and then we saw the 22 mile marker on the other side!!! OMG - sole destroying! but; we had to get on with it - towards the Isle of Dogs...this was hard going..not many people to talk to but the crowds and bands were good...

Anyway, by the time I saw Charlie at 19 miles - it was hot and I was power walking; I had met 'Debbie from Welwyn' by this stage who was having problems with her hips so we chatted and stayed together and kept each other going till the end.
After another couple of miles, we were both power walking and helping each other through the miles - counting them down along with the crowds and children - and at 24 miles we hit the Tunnel near the embankment - NEARLY HOME!
we picked up our pace and marched on towards the Embankment - on which we saw Charlie, Steve and Clarky! what a lovely sight! wish I had pinched her banana though!!!!!

onwards now - not far to go - met another lady - Sri Leka who was struggling so we all walked together and finshed together!
That was the longest mile of my life!

POSITION: 34,514th!
LADY NUMBER: 12,142nd! and
706th in my age group 50-54yrs.

I had only started training on January 16th...
I have my medal - and my t'shirt - and only one small blister!

Charlie, Steve and Clarky met me after I had collected my medal and bag - and then we got a cab (thanks to Steve) back to the hotel - and met up with all the team who had all finished and shared stories of the day..
What a long and very hard day it was too.
Did I enjoy it? yes - never planned to run it all so I enjoyed most of it.
Will I do it again? doubtful - UNLESS I can get the toe problems sorted out!!!!

So that's it - I have done the London Marathon....and all I can say to those who REALLY want to do something in life, find someone who has done it well and knows what to do; get their help & advice and listen - and DO IT!
That's what I did.
THANK YOU to Annette Campbell for all your advice and help;
and my running training buddies - Chantelle Rose, Cliff Golding - it has been great fun!
THANK YOU also to Charlie; he was brilliant yesterday as Ground Control to everyone, updating my whereabouts to all interested people..
Annette has voted him Supporter of the day too!
- and very WELL DONE to ALL those who also completed the Marathon yesterday especially Lisa Biddlecombe, Sam Logan, Janine Ingle, Peter Blampied, Jono & Adam from the RNLI, all the Variety Runners among others - well done to EVERYONE!

what this space...

Thanks and although my page is going well, it is still not too late to donate tho..
Let's see how much more we can raise!
Thank you

Friday, April 15, 2011

Ok - so in LONDON now and REGISTERED!! #58752 IS READY TO GO!

Flew over on Thursday and made our way to Barnes - staying with Sue Adams and the majestic Blok to Dog!

Went dog walking on Barnes common - and met up with "Stanley, Harry Henry, Teddy and Rioja! Lovely!

Arranged to meet up with Charlie'son Sean who is working in the area for supper in the pub - very nice too.

Today -, did not sleep well (never do the first night way) after breakfast I was treated to wonderful foot massage and then Charlie and I headed off to the Excell Centre to register and collect my pack..
Had a quick look round the Expo, tasted and drunk bars and potions - had lunch and then headed back to my new head phoes for my ipod..
Got home about 4.30 - and put my feetup and got spoiled

Lovely spag bol for supper - lots of lovely messages coming through on texts and F/B...I do have amazing friends...
Thank you All!! xx

Fundraising is going very well -
We can always do better!

Still plenty of time to donate!!!
2 sleeps - just!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ok- so tapering..

On a countdown now - been at work and did a nice 30 minute run tonight and now I need to rest up and carb up as from tomorrow..
Travelling over Thursday morning, staying in Barnes with friends and then moving to the Hotel to be with the Team on Saturday...


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ok - so it's official now! 58752 is my number! Less than a week to go..

Annette advised me to do my last tempo run today - before I had a little dip,,so I did a 25 min warm up from st Catherine's - and then headed back - 3, X 5 mins temp pace with 2 mins recovery inbetween each..lovely - it has been a glorious day over here - really hot and sunny - like a July day!
Sea still only 10.5 but increasing rapidly - had a nice dip yesterday and another lovely one today..
Spartans also had a run from st Cats today - aand I watched many of them as they came down and iced their legs in the sea - it was so hot out there today!
Paris runners all finished in the blistering heat - well done especially to Anna who managed with her injury and finished too...

Spent the afternoon on the beach at St Ouen's as well!

So, 7 sleeps to go - just ticking over now and stay strong and healthy..looks like the forecast is in our favour for next week - 10c apparently..we can only hope..

Still plenty of time to donate....

Photo of the back of my running shirt:

Friday, April 8, 2011

9 'sleeps/get ups' to go.....

Bust week at work (last week of term) but managed to run for an hour on Wednesday morning before 30 mins of Aqua..and after chatting with Annette, I decided to switch my last long run from Sunday - to today..
so, armed with my tunes - I set off just after 7am this morning - it was a stunning morning & lots of people saw me as well (!!!!) down Mont Millais, Green Street, over Mount Bingham around the harbour and along the front to Bel Royal and back, around the new marina and back to the pool and jumped inm to stretch out..
8 miles - DONE! 2hours 3 mins which included all the stretching and hill too - oh yes - and chatting to many!!!!
Lovely last run - on a beautiful day - now I can relax apparently - and enjoy the lovely weather at the weekend too!

Cannot believe I have got this far - and could not have done it without Annette, Chantelle & Cliff - it has been a great journey - painful at times but it will all be worth it - after April 17th I am certain..
watch this space!!!

and still collecting on...

Thank you

Sunday, April 3, 2011

This week's update.....2 WEEKS TO GO!!! TAPERING at last - and another 1st today!

Well - last week's 18 miles was a tough one; did Aqua on Monday morning, walked into work on Tuesday and and my knees finally recovered by Wednesday - and was hoping to run but never made it - so did Aqua..
Bust week at work too so by Thursday the pressure was off really - so met Lisa abot 8.15 and went for a nice little run - 'cos I can! - i went to Bel Royla while Lisa went to the Gunsite and we met back at the Copper tree..a really nice little run!
WHO would have thought i would ever say that!
Then Lisa & I did half of the Aqua class and stretched out after - lovely..

Rested on Saturday and was looking forward to a little run today..
HOWEVER due to the busy week I'd had, I had not noticed that I needed to do a 12 mile run today!!

We were due out for dinner last night and I really wanted a little dip too so, once I had got my head around it - decided to run from home into town first (this was a firstand was really nice too!!) Annette said she would meet me outside the gym at 8.30 - so I ran the long way round and met her right on Q - and we decided to run the road way, to avoid the 10k race along the front!
So, off we went and did not meet any of the racers until we had turned at St Aubin and had started back - and then we met loads and loads of people we knew - good fun!
Conditions were great - and cool - AND we arrived back before the last runners had finished - so I was delighted they did not ALL overtake me!!!!
MET SO MAY OTHER MARATHON RUNNERS after as well - good to chat too!

Charlie collected me and then went to St Catherine's for a leg dunk - LOVELY!!!!!

2 weeks tonight - and it will ALL BE OVER !
Thanks Annette again..!
Thank you.. x