|I'm the one in green|
Anyway, Smug Running Guy was quite impressed by my new found appetite for pain and asked if I had ever thought about doing a half a marathon myself. "No freaking way!" was my response. However I did agree to take part in a marathon relay in July 2010 which involved a team of us covering 26.2 miles without having to run more than 10km each. It is a bit of a cliche that many people who were not exactly renowned for their sporting prowess in their younger years take to running in their thirties. Out of the team of six, four of us had known each other since we were 16 so had therefore spent many years going to festivals and doing the sort of unhealthy things teenagers (and in our case people in their twenties and thirties) do at festivals. And here we all were pushing our bodies to their limits again, but this time by running.
|Olympic training village Reading 1996 with Smug Running Guy (centre) and Mr Trihard (right)|
But then I had another thought. Why stop there? Whenever I'd seen the London Marathon on TV it had caught my imagination. What must it feel like to cross the finishing line? I had often thought I'd much rather be telling my grandchildren in my old age that I'd once run a marathon rather than thinking I wish I'd run a marathon when I was capable of it. If I'd signed up for a half marathon in November then I'd technically be half way towards the fitness required for a marathon. If I was ever going to do it I might as well do it now. So on the same night of signing up for the Norwich half marathon I went for broke and also signed up for the Brighton Marathon for the following April.
"What?" I hear you ask, "The Brighton Marathon?! I thought you were talking about the Amsterdam Marathon?! Why have you been wasting my time with this drivel?!" Sorry dear reader, this is taking a bit longer than I thought to tell my tale but, as you'll find out things didn't quite go to plan...
For the next exciting installment click here and if you missed the beginning of my exciting adventure click here.