Following on from my last post, is 42 the answer? I can tell you it certainly is!
On Sunday April 17th 2016, at approximately 1pm in Brighton, a miracle happened. I finished my first ever full length marathon. Not a half marathon, not a 20 mile race, not Manchester Marathon (which apparently it was short by a few hundred yards), but the full 26.2 miles or 42 km.
I still have to pinch myself, as for a me, a non-fitness person, non athlete at school, or anything really, that i could finish running a full marathon.
Not only did i run the whole way, i finished it in an amazing time of 3 hours and 46 minutes and you can watch the whole run that i Vlogged on video below.
The first 13 miles were great for me, but then a muscle around my hip area was in a lot of pain and got worse at mile 14, so ran the last 12 miles in great pain. There were times where i felt like giving up as it was so painful, but i was determined to finish.
Ian Morgan on Instagram told me that running a marathon would change me and he was right!
I learnt so much about myself. Great mental toughness, able to endure a lot of pain for long periods of time, a determination to get the job done and months of dedicated training to make sure i was prepared as best i can be for the race.
I would highly recommend the Brighton Marathon, with great crowds, great atmosphere, running along a beautiful city and coastline. What better way to spend a great weekend away with friends and family?
I think i will write a blog post in future at how running a marathon is like starting a new business, as i feel there are many similarities.
So below is the video for all of you to enjoy and if you find it inspirational, please do share amongst all your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, email etc.
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