Yesterday it felt like the whole of London got up early and did some serious exercise to partake in the London Marathon. Over 30,000 people took to the streets of London to get their Forrest Gump on, and pound over 26 miles of ground for charity.
I woke up first thing in the morning, went for a brisk walk around the park, did some push ups, had a really healthy breakfast and given the fact that I'd a fairly heavy weekend up until that point, I was actually feeling pretty smug. After praising myself for getting out of bed early, I then headed to Westminster to go whoop and cheer for people a lot more worthy of glorification, the marathon runners.
I thought it was going to be an absolute nightmare with the blocked roads and the vast amount of people but when I got there, the atmosphere was great, people were friendly and soon enough I was at the front of the crowd, seeing the runners go by. Paula Radcliffe ran with the masses as opposed to the professionals which was a really lovely way for her to say goodbye to the sport that has given her so much and given us so much inspiration and entertainment over the years. It may have been her last race, but Paula Radcliffe will continue to inspire female runners world wide.
I was stood at mile 25 and at first I thought, “Oh this is nice. Everyone running looks really happy considering they’ve been at it for 25 miles. They're almost making it look easy!” I could see a man dressed in nothing but a red tutu, a Ben Big with legs, Batman and Robin and I even saw Chris Evans run past. "This is delightful" I thought. Soon after, I saw a woman crying, a man limping, and people with bleeding nipples. But ya know...swings and roundabouts. Despite their clear signs of agony they were still moving forward and I was in awe.
The Marathon for me, as a spectator was, exhausting just to watch. My voice is a little husky from all the cheering I did but it was truly uplifting and extremely inspiring to see. So here is a blog post dedicated to everyone who took part in the London Marathon yesterday. The spectators, all those who donated to the fantastic charities and most importantly, the Marathon Runners paving the way for change in the world and motivating people like me to do something worth while. Well done!