#BrightonHero was the hash tag plastered everywhere for the Brighton marathon, I’ve got to be honest I didn’t feel much like a hero afterwards.
Why? The wheels well and truly fell off around 18 miles, on what was the hottest day of the year so far. What went wrong? hydration? I felt like I was drinking enough, maybe too much? Fueling? I’d had a awesome meal the night before at The Loving hut on The Level (check it out) I was taking gels in and grabbing any vegan friendly options I could see during the race (plenty of jelly babies on offer!!!) The heat? It was pretty hot, I saw lots of people struggling at the side of the road. I’m not sure what went wrong, I guess it’s one of those things I will never now for certain, the trick now is to try and take what I’ve learnt from the experience and make sure it doesn’t happen again for Trail Marathon Wales.
Despite things not going to plan it was still a fun weekend in Brighton, as expected the support for Vegan Runners in the marathon was phenomenal, I lost count of the number of shout outs I got, plus we had our own club support crew there including a lady at mile 19 who was a life saver with her vegan friendly jelly sweets. This was my first large marathon, and although I knew there was going to be a lot of runners there I was still taken a back by sheer size of the starting pens filled to the brim with runners. I found waiting at the start really inspiring, looking around I was surrounded by vests with the names on of friends and family who are ill or have passed away, the names of charities that people were fundraising for, and I know even the runners in blank t shirts were there running for their own personal reasons.
As I think back, yes I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the time that I wanted, but what does it matter really? How can I be disappointed in that when others were running for such great causes? Causes that mean so much to them that they have trained hard for months, given up huge chunks of their life for so that they can complete the marathon. That’s what marathons are about to me, well any running is about, the people who are there facing their own personal battles and challenges, whether it’s to raise money for charity or just to complete the race. I haven’t been running for long but I’ve found the start line to all the races I’ve entered to be some of the most inspiring places I have ever been. As runners we get wrapped up in distances and times, but who is more of a hero? The quick people at the front or the people at the back who have had to push themselves harder to finish the race? The people who can complete a marathon with ease or the people who have completed their first 5K?
Coming up…… my next race will be the final race in the Thorpe Forest 10k series, which I’m sure will be a great local race like the others have been, all of which I’ve really enjoyed, and then it’s the big one, Trail marathon Wales which I am really looking forward to. I also have some really exciting news in the pipeline and hopefully I’ll be able to share that with you next time.
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