Today I’m taking part in the 4th of my 6 marathons in 6 months. I’m really apprehensive, because once again chemo has made training disjointed and I feel unprepared. It’s not a new thing to me. It seems to be a recurring theme in my marathon preparation. This time though I’m more daunted than usual because of the conditions. The heat will be blistering. At 12pm, so 3 hours in, the temperature will be 25 degrees. By 3pm and my expected finish time after 6 hours toil it will have increased to 26 degrees. The marathon course is around a reservoir in Northamptonshire where there is sadly no shade.
For the past few days I have taken it easy, Louise will confirm this, and tried to conserve energy, while hydrating like mad. The thing that’s causing me concern is that I feel worn out cowering in the shade. I have strategies in place to help me cope with this mad heat and only time will tell if they will make a difference. One thing I know though is that whatever happens I won’t be quitting. Too many people have donated money, taken the time to send encouraging messages, given up their time to care for our daughters at the races or supported me by waiting for hours to hand me food or water. Too many people have got involved and helped me and I am not about to let them down by not completing one of my marathons, no matter what the weather is doing out.
There are other people for whom I desperately want to finish. The guys and girls (that’s you Louise and Grace) who’ve run with me on my previous marathons. Mike, David, Tom and Louise at Blackpool. Tim, Daron and Louise (again) at Windermere and Tom, Louise (yet again), Grace and many other friends and family at Wakefield. These guys have in some cases given up hours to help reach the finish line. I don’t want to their time and the time of everyone else who has helped me to be in vain.
I can’t afford to let the weather or conditions get in the way, because today is special. My Dad, the man who inspired me to run, by running marathons himself during my childhood, will be watching me race for the first time. I really want to make him proud.
Also, Tim and Daron, who abandoned their hopes of a good time at the Windermere Marathon to make sure I got round, are running with me again and I cant wait to renew our acquaintance. They are cracking guys, great company and have also raised hundreds for Ben’s Bowel Movements. I’m very glad of their support. Joining us will be one of Tim’s sons, James. I can’t wait to meet him and catch up with the guys before the race.
No matter what happens today I’ll be excited to line up with the others at the start. There was a time when I didn’t think I’d have the chance to run a marathon. I’ve already run three. By the end of today that’ll be 4 with two more to go until I finished my fitness challenge. It’s been hard hard work, but I’ve honestly loved it. I’m sure today will be just the same!
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