On the 26th April I ran the London Flora Marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes. The training was seriously exhausting, yet the experience was one of the most momentous and tremendous experiences of my life.
During the four months training I picked up many injuries, names I can neither spell nor for that matter remember! To be frank the months seem like a dream, I can hardly believe I trained so hard, let alone ran 26.2 miles.
The day itself was beautiful. Many complained about the weather being too hot, I can’t complain about that. I so enjoyed the heat, and mostly the cool showers that were provided en-route. My little secret . . the last shower not a good idea! I believe it was around mile 18? well, the bladder was a little fuller than safe, and the cool shower was such a major shock to the system that I nearly let go of . . . say no more!
I pulled out three times thanks to severe pain down my leg. What was it called Liz? All was fine till mile 9 when a sharp pain shot down from my hip to my knee. I was in agony but I just couldn’t stop. Too much training, too many people supporting – I had to continue. Also, there is some kind of power and strength of will that sets in. The pain seemed a pleasure for the sake of the experience. It’s impossible to explain, but now I know why so many run marathons as often as they do. It is so addictive!
I raised around £3,400. I have so many to thank. Not just for helping me raise so much for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease my little sister has suffered with for the past 10 years, but also for all the encouragement and fantastic support which made running the 26.2 miles possible!
My justgiving site lists most of the lovely people I am grateful to call friends and family. Check out www.justgiving/carolineziaian.com. The messages were seriously appreciated and inspirational. Thank you.
Here are a few pics – not many during the run itself. I guess I was just too fast for the camera. Yeah! Neil get a better camera! Maybe next time!