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Hello everyone!Good morning all VLM runners and supporters. I got to mile 17 yesterday but I missed you guys!
I was in so much pain by then as knees gave out from mile 3 and had to adjust my expectations! Overall I am glad I finished in 04:52:33 - slower than I wanted but there is always next time!
Bicuit Nikki - Get well soon. I think you were quite right to say the heat took everyone by surprise! It definitely got me!
MadWelshWoman wrote (see)
Hello allThank you all so much for your hard work and support. I didi strugglewith the heat and a painful neck from about 8 miles, was soo pleased to get to mile 17! Thank you for the hugs xine and providing much needed support and supplies. I did pick up a bit after mile 17, your support made such a difference My finish time was no where near what I wanted, 5.31.36, but happy to have got round.
You should be very proud of yourself! Hope you are enjoying a good rest today I was so pleased to see you at Mile 17, you looked great - still very fresh and happy.
By that point in Brighton I was scowling and when I got offered jelly babies by one of my poor friends I snarled "Not green! I only want the black ones!"
I think a lot of people, myself included, struggled and didn't make their targets. All I can say is that we kept going, both during training and on the day, when thousands of people would have given up and millions of people never started. Sometimes it just doesn't come together quite as planned on the day, but we did it and can wear our bling with pride!
Nikki - get well soon! Definitely sounds like your cold kicked in yesterday, and probably wasn't helped by the massive battering your immune system took from running the marathon. Lots of rest and recovery this week.
I've got a sore throat, but I think its from all the cheering yesterday
Newbie32 - so sorry to have missed you! We were just after the water station (a few hundred yards before the Mile 17 sign). I was looking out for a few friends as well as the RW crew and only managed to spot one of them as she dashed past. Congratulations on your time and hope your knee feels better soon.
It's strange, time goes all weird, I was really looking forward to getting to the RW station and when I got there I could barely speak! It was lovely seeing you all though