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Hi Mel - I hope you are feeling better now. Just wanted to drop in and wish you luck for Sunday. Keep visualising crossing that finish line and enjoy every minute of it. Your girls and Martin will be so proud.
I'm sure it is going to be emotional on many levels. Looking forward to hearing how it went next week.
Mel - sorry I haven't been able to follow you as closely as the others. Well done on getting to the end of training in one piece. Don't I know how hard that is!
I hope your bug is out of the system by tomorrow so you can enjoy the trip over to Paris.
Have a really great time. Really enjoy the race (something I failed to do on my first one). Remember, so much of it is in the mind. You have so much strength to draw on from everything you've been through. I know you're going to do everyone proud.
Very best of luck to you!
Enjoy the weekend, Mel. Hope you have a great race!
Well....this is it......tummy bug gone.....foot better....knee better.....toe nail better.....children with respective family for weekend....dog dropped off.....cat in cattery......tortises with friend.....last training run completed......Suitcase almost packed......(not sure I need 3 pairs of trainers and 4 different sets of running kit......)....I all i need to do now is go run a marathon......!!!.....
Massive thank you to ALL of you for your words of encouragment and support throughout all this......feeling really emotional today...maybe its the fact the training has been such a focus for me since Martin has gone......and now this is it!!!.....
Just packing a suitcase without him and going away for the first time on my own, just brings back to me what this training journey has really been about for me....
So thank you, to each and every one of you, for helping me through these incredibly difficult few months....I really couldnt have done it without you!!.....
Mel - I have been following your progress, even though I haven't posted much. I wanted to say a massive well done on getting this far I hope you have a great race, it will be an amazing experience. Good Luck
Hi , Sending you a virtual hug. Martin will be cheering you on all the way.
You are less chatty than the others but it's quality rather than quantity on your thread, you always find such beautiful words which reflects your personality. Running is fun and you are a World Champion is this domain, the sun will be out for you this weekend. Take Care.
Mel - reading your post brought a lump to my throat. Fantastic that you are niggle and illness free.
Your candid explaination of your emotions throughout this journey has made the thread a compelling read. We are all right behind you - try to enjoy as much as possible and we'll all raise a glass to you and Martin on Sunday evening!
Thank you for sharing your journey it has helped me in my training so much to know that its ok to have ups and downs with a plan.
You really are a power of strength and while I cant imagine how difficult it is to be travelling without Martin for the first time. He is there watching over and very proud.
I'll keep my eyes open for you on the course...enjoy and have fun. I think the my nerves will only subside after a few miles. Sending you all the luck for your marathon adventure.
Mel - have a great time and enjoy every minute of it and don't worry about anything - you've done really, really well - all the best my dear.
Anyone know Mel's time?? I know you've all ran a PB.
What a journey Mel, I hope you enjoyed it I'm sure it's been a very emotional day but you did it and Martin will be so proud of you xxx
Lovely post to Mel.
Well done to you, a PB is a PB!
Hi Mel - it was great to meet you during the marathon yesterday - I was the slightly crazed one running with a friend and saw you just before Bois de Vincennes. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your run.
Mel - absolutely amazing performance! You all did so fantastically well.
Look forward to hearing the full race report!
Mel - brilliant - well done indeed - now bask in the warm glow of a wonderful experience and great achievement
The girl done good! And as we've come to expect from Mel, she had a bloody great smile on her face too.
When we were doing the video yesterday, I heard RW Katie ask Mel the biggest thing she'd learned through this project. I'm not sure what Mel replied... maybe something about using gels or training to a structured plan... but I'd say that the biggest thing I'VE learned about Mel is how strong she is. To have taken this on in the first place, not long after losing Martin, and to get so stuck in with it all despite having 3 daughters and a job to contend with and then to execute the race so well, I'm sure with Martin in her thoughts at all times... Mel, you are amazing. And whatever you set your sights on next, I have every confidence that you will pull it off.
Congratulations Mel. Great time and fantastic achievement!
From someone who has been following all threads this year - a HUGE congratualtions!
Well summed up by Sam Murphy, but I wanted to add that you are an inspiration. Well done!
Fabulous result Mel. Really well done. You have every right to be ecstatic!
Inspirational indeed! I will think about your achievement when my marathon gets tough and dig deeper than ever.
Well done to you as well Sam. Both your guys ran brilliantly and I'm sure Steve would have as well had circumstances been kinder!!!
I'll second everything Sam has said, Mel you are amazing so proud of you xx