Hello! I'm here. I survived. BUT, what a fool! How many times have I written on here NOT to try out anything new on race day, especially shoes!!? Well, let's all learn from my mistake. I was well-prepared for the marathon: I'd fed myself up in the previous few days, drunk loads of water, knocked the vino on the head, slept reasonably well and rested ... I got to the race start in plenty of time, kept warm in a bin bag which also served as a screen when I needed a quick pee (OK, too much info, maybe). I lined up near the front unobstructed by other runners and full of adrenalin and excitement and set off! After seconds, I realised my error. New shoes! It felt like I was wearing shoe boxes, not shoes! Usually a light runner who glides along silently, I'd turned into an awkward and heavy plodding clown and knew that it was going to be a long and painful run and that my feet would pay the price. It's a good job I'm as stubborn as a mule. I decided to just look ahead, focus on the finish and get it done. I achieved my sub 3.30 time: 3h25m12s, though I'm afraid I didn't enjoy one single minute of it. The balls of my feet have taken a pounding and my toes are still tingling, but as soon as I've recovered and got through the season, I am going for sub 3h20 ... in old shoes! Never give up!
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