Heat, Hills and Hurt – Brighton Marathon 2017

Sometimes in life, things don’t quite goto plan.

Brighton Marathon 2017 was to be my latest marathon following my epic Boston Qualifier run in Frankfurt last October. Only my third marathon and also my runniversary Marathon as it would of been April 2016 when i completed my first marathon in Brighton.

Having been training so hard since Christmas eve 2016, with some amazing races in January, February and March, i was expecting to put in another new PB for my Marathon and continue my amazing running journey.

Sadly, within the first few strides of the marathon, an injury that i picked up during the Reading Half marathon in March hadn’t fully cleared, so ran the whole race in absolute pain, with many occasions wanting to quit. But something kept me going.

The only way I describe yesterday’s race was like driving with a flat tyre. The engine and bodywork was in great condition, but one tyre had blown and just could not get any speed without damaging the car itself.

The race for me was one of two halves.

The first 0.2 miles and the second 26 miles.

Whilst I started off with the 3hr pacesetter, literally within yards I felt my back and leg pain.

That was plan A out the window!

By the time I reached the mass start at mile 1, I felt like quitting and wait to fight another day.

But something inside me was carrying me. My usual speed had completely gone and every time I tried to push the speed the pain intensified.

That was plan B was out the window!

Then the hills and heat was kicking in and it was just a case of enjoying the ride. The Met office predicted morning temperature of 10 degrees topping out at 14 degrees. How wrong it could be! The start temperature of race was almost 14 degrees and by mid-day it was 21 degrees!

It was so fabulous to see Bridget and Launa supporting and giving me a shout out and oh so many amazing supporters shouting out Go Guru!

At mile 15 I had a young guy fly past me and shout Go Grunners! He really did put a big smile on my face. Clearly he must of seen one or two of my YouTube VLOGs!

At this point the pain was killing me and was seriously now wanting to stop.

The heat and pain was almost making me want to cry, but again I felt something inside me willing me on!

Only 11 more miles to go!

I was stopping at every water station and drinking what seemed gallons of water!

The last 2 miles was incredible. Massive crowds cheering us all on and with the last stretch with finish line in sight the crowd erupted as I was passing so I had to break out a dance, as you do!

Crossing the finish line was such a joy, never did I know that I could endure so much pain for so long, but i did and the victory was mine!

Whilst I did not get a PB and was way off the expected time based on my training and recent half marathon race results, it matters not.

Injuries happen and we can’t control the weather, but what matters is how we overcome these hurdles in life.

Below is the VLOG i filmed of the race day, but be warned it contains swearing and me saying it how it is and totally raw.

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