Running London

My slacking in the blog department has partially been due to marathon training, but I’ve finally finished the London Marathon! It’s something I’d never thought of doing before last year when I got a place through my local running club after not getting a place in the general ballot.

It was a great experience to run by London monuments such as the London Eye and the Cutty Sark and to run alongside the Thames and finish in front of Buckingham palace to roaring crowds. That did not make it less painful, it’s still 26.2 miles of running, but it did make it more exciting. It’s hard to believe I was just starting this blog (and getting ready to move to the UK) when I ran my first marathon 2.5 years ago!

Brace yourself for a crowded run.

I was fairly realistic about my finish time when I entered the ballot, most people are very optimistic, meaning that I ended up in a pen with people much slower than my intended pace and had to run around them. There are three starting areas that merge together during the first three miles, which can be tricky as well. Prepare yourself for having to run around others and for people stopping and walking directly in front of you and you’ll be all set.

You might be slightly delirious and miss some of the sights!

Friends who had run London previously all advised me to make sure I spent the last few miles looking around and taking it all in. It’s difficult at this point because you’re tired and just want to finish, but it is awesome and good motivation to see the houses of parliament and Buckingham palace as you run toward the final stretch. Apparently we ran by St Paul’s cathedral as well, but I have no idea when, I don’t remember seeing it!

The organization is fantastic

Seriously, from the moment you enter the finisher’s chute, you’re handed a medal, a photo is taken, a goodie bag with food is passed to you and your kit bag located. You may have to walk a half mile to get through it all, but I was really impressed with how well organised it all was!

The crowds will see you through

The crowds were amazing! Though I didn’t see my husband and friends in the crowds, I did appreciate all the on course entertainment and the large crowds cheering on the course. There were bands, DJs, drums and dancers along the route which provided a good distraction from my increasingly sore feet!

I should also mention that the costumes are epic. There were loads of Guinness world record attempts this year, and I saw a few of them! Someone dressed as a star, another as a triangle and I even got to congratulate a couple who were married at the marathon on the Cutty Sark!

I don’t know that I’ll be doing it again (my legs are still recovering) but if you are up for a challenge, the general ballot opens Monday! And of course you can always run for charity.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations!! We watched on telly, it’s a great achievement.

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    1. Thanks! I don’t think I made it on tv (probably for the best, I was looking pretty rough haha) but it was great to accomplish.

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  2. afamilydayout says:

    Congratulations! I ran it last year but there was a mixture of envy and relief when I watched it on the TV this year. It’s an amazing experience isn’t it? Not that I ever plan to run that far again! #Farawayfiles

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    1. It was amazing and really hard at the same time! Well done for running it last year, I’ll probably feel similarly next year!


  3. treksandtors says:

    Brilliant achievement, well done

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  4. That’s no excuse, Amanda! I want to see some brilliant new blogs on your site and I want to see them now! But seriously… wow! that’s one for the books! congrats! what an amazing life experience! set a goal, work hard and you’ve done it! Bravo!

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    1. Haha. Working on a new one now! Thanks, it was a real feeling of accomplishment when I crossed the finish line!

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  5. Hilary says:

    Congratulations! I’ve run a marathon and it truly is something to be proud of! How fun to see all those epic sites along the course! Enjoy your rest, you deserve it! #farawayfiles

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    1. Thanks! Definitely enjoyed having a week off from running, it was a lot of fun but not easy.

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  6. Wow. Congratulations on such an incredible experience. I think you should do it again in costume next time #FarawayFiles

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    1. Ha. Too soon, I’m still a bit sore. I saw some amazing costumes though!


  7. Clare Thomson says:

    Huge congratulations, Amanda! What time did you do? Were you pleased? London is such a great place for a marathon – the support is amazing. My husband has done it a few times but it’s getting so difficult getting ballot places. Writing this just before heading out for a run! Great share for #FarawayFiles

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  8. Thanks! I did it in 4:10, fairly pleased since it was so crowded. I think I could have been a bit faster if I hadn’t had to run around so many people. The crowd support was amazing, definitely a great experience. Agreed about ballot places, I got my place through my club after being rejected by the ballot.

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    1. Clare Thomson says:

      That is seriously impressive,Amanda! Huge congratulations 🙂

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  9. London is a great place for running! It is one of the most outstanding cities in the world, Amanda!

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    1. Running the London marathon was definitely a stand out experience! Thanks for checking out my blog!


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