Marathon Sunday

It isn’t that long ago that I went out running 4 or 5 times a week in preparation for realising my dream which was to run the Rotterdam marathon. As part of my training I scheduled a half marathon which I ran on an injured knee (torn cartilage), not a good idea. I should have known when my number arrived – I was number 13. Even though I was in pain from about mile 2, I was overtaken by at least 3 other runners (it was a 2 lap course) and I came last (yes last!!), I loved the experience. My knee got kind of fixed, but it is unlikely that I will ever be able to run the 26 and a bit miles through my favorite city in the world.

Today was marathon day in London, a great event which I now enjoy watching as a non-runner. Just before the start there was a 30 second silence to reflect oon the awful events in Boston earlier this week. I switched all Elisabeth’s noisy toys off and we both sat quietly for the 30 seconds, well as quietly as you can expect a 2 year old to be, she did well bless her.

It was great to see the black ribbons being worn and so many people dedicating their run to the Boston victims and their families.  There were quite a few choked up moments. Today’s amazing event was such a great way to say ”screw you” to the idiots of this world who think they can kill people’s spirit. It will never happen, people will unite and come out fighting and today was a great example of just that.

Well done to all of today’s runners, supporters, organisers and volunteers.

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