Feeling Better…

Thanks for all your support.

Thanks for all your support.

It’s the Thursday night following the marathon on Sunday. For the first time today, I actually walked to work like an everyday commuter (without being asked by old ladies if I required assistance crossing the road). My legs are feeling much better and my feet have started to harden after a seriously disgusting session with some surgical scissors last night.

I’m very lucky that I started a new job last week. Being immersed in work has kept me busy and helped me through the post-marathon blues. That, and the support I received after my incredibly depressing post on Sunday night. I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to message me and pull me out of my slump.

Some of the words of wisdom I received were so good that they really deserve sharing, so here are a few quotes that might help those of you who didn’t quite have the experience you deserved on race day, feel just that little bit better…

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“Just remember its not about times, it’s just about the challenge. If it was easy it wouldn’t be worth it, today was an awesome result and your body is paying a bit, however you will come back stronger and you now know you are definitely getting there. So enjoy the pain as daft as it sounds, chill out and when you reflect on today, do it with pride.”

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“Give yourself some time to get over today but don’t turn your back on running… you need a bad race just to really appreciate the good ones”

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“…the pain when gone is replaced with wanting, a desire to improve. It might not feel like it now but you have just done something incredible…”

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“You can’t go out trying to find the limits of your physical and mental ability and expect that the stars will perfectly align just at the moment you cross the finish line. Sometimes it goes wrong, inflicting mental and physical wounds that you have to deal with and get across the line. Sometimes things go very wrong and it takes a huge lump of everything you have to make the thing stick, if you can. However, just often enough things work out perfectly and those moments are ecstasy.”

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“Give it a week. It was still an awesome effort, only disappointing when judged against your own standards.”

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“The VLM narrative can be all sweetness and light which isn’t helpful. I nearly puked, I walked miles, I cried at the end…”

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“When I run my maximum distance of 3 miles I go purple and cry. You’re fabs.”

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“To go through the pain and finish in the time you did is truly amazing, so even if it is your last (doubtful) be proud of yourself.”

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“Somehow marathons have become the be-all and end-all of running and that’s mad. They’re seriously hardcore.”

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“The extra pressure that marathoners have is that there are known benchmark times that externalise the achievement. Remember, an ultra runner can hide behind the uniqueness of the challenge as nobody knows what a ‘good’ 50 miler across some remote trail might be. So I think marathoners have it harder in terms of keeping the test personal and that adds a lot of pressure.”

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“I ran it 3 years ago and had a similar experience. I vowed never again. I ran yesterday in 3:23, overjoyed. Hope you’ll be back too.”

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Isn’t that amazing? Most of those people I’ve never even met, and yet this running malarkey unifies people in such a humbling way. I still feel crap today, and I’m still uncertain about whether or not I’ll run a marathon again. But I know that if I do decide to get back on that marathon horse I’ll have the support of total strangers, and not just the ones cheering from the sidelines.

And to those of you that are still convinced that I’m being a pussy, here’s a picture of my foot, a full 4 days after the race…

I'm so sorry...

I'm so sorry... (this blister burst with 7 miles still to go)

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One Response to “Feeling Better…”

  • MY GOD!!!! that photograph is enough to realise why you may still feel crap. et that heal and see how you feel (that rhymed!) xx

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