- There were loads of people handing out sweets on the course, which I took full advantage of.
- Even at my lowest points where I was worn out and walking, people were still encouraging me on and telling me that I could do it.
- I got to chat to various different strangers on the course like they were old friends. There's something about running that makes chatting to other people that you don't know much easier. Maybe it's because you're so caught up in running that you forget to be shy.
- I'm still feeling the buzz from completion 2 days later and I've never had a running high that's lasted so long before.
- I know I've achieved something that I can be proud of for the rest of my life, which is something that I'm very rarely able to say. In fact, I don't think there's anything else in my life that is such an outstanding achievement that I would be proud of it forever more.
- A woman at around the 5/6 mile mark told me that I looked fabulous and really composed whilst running. I thanked her and continued smiling on my way. I love a good compliment, especially if it's something original. What she didn't know is that the composed look was due to me contemplating the size of the massive 24 hour Tesco I'd just ran past and thinking that I'd like a look round.
- My biggest fear about the marathon didn't come to pass. I was so scared that I wouldn't be able to complete it within the 6 hour time limit and I'd be forced to either pull out before the end or be left running alone on the streets of Manchester with no idea where I was going.
- I was quite lucky to be one of the ones to successfully complete it. I saw a woman that had collapsed and was hyperventilating at mile 12 and my partner tells me that quite a few runners crossed the finish line and went straight to the medical tent, plus some had to be wheeled/stretchered over the line. I managed to finish it in perfect health, despite an average of only 20-25 miles ran in training each week, including my long run. Most people would say you can't run a marathon on that measly mileage, but I did.
- It's only the 2nd day post-race and already I can feel my body healing. I even managed to jog up some stairs.
Ok, so that's some more about me and my marathon. I'll shut up and leave you in peace. Enjoy it while it lasts....