Heather's run 17/04/2013

 

"I was coerced by 2 of my friends to enter the Brighton Marathon.

 I previously ran in the Cardiff Half Marathon back in October (at the end of which, I was certain there would be no chance I could run double the distance!) However, the challenge of running 26.2 miles appealed to my competitive side and the thought of running over the finishing line gave me a powerful feeling.

 On the day, the atmosphere was incredible; myself and my 2 running buddies were so excited! We started confidently but I soon began to realise the enormity of the distance; 4 miles passed by quite easily but the course seemed never-ending! However, the electric atmosphere spurred me on and the cheers of support from the thousands that lined the streets made me feel like I was part of something big.

 As we progressed it became harder and harder to run, after a while my legs began to seize up and even walking became difficult. Thankfully and with perfect timing, we came across some women who were giving free massages! I was so grateful to the woman who sorted out my cramping legs and gave me some extra strength for the rest of the course.

 Having had a good stretch I continued on the course, about 9 miles to go. I convinced my running buddies to go on without me as I felt I would have to walk the rest of the way; my legs still felt like stone! They agreed, saying they would wait at the finish line.

 I then found my second wind! Even though it took all my strength to continue, there was no part of me which wanted to give up. Everyone was so supportive of each other, even though you could sense that most people were finding their ability to run was diminishing.

 The final 4 miles or so were across Brighton Seafront. The sun was shining so brightly and there were hundreds of people shouting encouragement. I felt incredible; one woman shouted "Keep going, you're inspiring so many people!"

 When I saw "800yards to go" I burst into tears, I couldn't believe I'd done it! Crossing the line was the most wonderful feeling, I cried with happiness and immediately found my running buddies. We were all so happy and proud of ourselves, it was a truly unforgettable day!"