It all makes perfect sense now…. The BRR posts talking about training plans, foam rollers, sports massage, Epsom salts, nutrition and carb loading!!! I feel part of the club now! I get it! So how did the madness to run Bentham Marathon start?
When you don’t get into London AGAIN or the club ballot and your bucket list says “Run Marathon before 50th birthday” I started to get a bit anxious. If I set myself a challenge I do it, and I was going to fail here! So…… I saw John Clucas’s post about Bentham……the date was perfect…….and Caroline (who has proved to be my amazingly supportive running buddy) not only agreed to do it with me, but blinking booked both our places! The challenge was on! It was only when I actually looked into the race, the elevation and the fact that whoever I spoke to about it asked if I was completely mad, that I started to wonder what we had taken on!
Needless to say the day or two before the event my belly flipped between fear and excitement. And ‘Maranoia’ crept in!!!!! Then fast forward to arriving at Bentham Golf Club on Saturday morning expertly chauffeured by Mr 20 Marathon man himself Mr John Clucas, I was actually trembling! And this was nothing to do with Johns driving! We picked up our numbers, our t shirts and a squidgy re -usable orange beagle cup. Fab little accessory- well worth considering for the Winter Warmer!! The briefing started by asking if it was anyone’s first marathon to which I ‘whooped’. They then asked for any birthdays to which I kept very quiet, however Caroline proudly shouted out that I was 50!!!! They then told us to ‘take it easy’ for the first 6 miles? What did that mean? Dave said it either means the first 6 are tough, or save yourself as it gets worse!