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Tammie did the London Marathon!

Our receptionist Tammie and her husband Rob did a fantastic job this weekend racing the London Marathon – the temperatures were high and tensions about the heat were higher and yet they stormed through with a great result! Read more below for her retelling of the event!

How prepared did you feel leading up to the race?

I felt more prepared than I have ever felt for a race, I have never incorporated massages and specific strength train exercises into my training programme before.  I ate all of the ‘beige’ foods for a couple of days before which was dull.

What was the atmosphere like at the beginning?

I was really relaxed, I was running it with my husband, the children were staying over with family so all we had to concentrate on was getting us to London on time.  We walked to the train station where we met a friend who was running it too and we chatted all the way to our respective stations – our friend was starting in a different start pen.

Did you get everything done in a timely fashion? Toilet? Bag drop? Finding your queuing pen?

We had loads of time, because we were in the Green pen which was for people who had qualified so it was quiet compared to the mass start.  The biggest queue was to get into the pen, toilets and bag drop were great  – well the toilets at these events are never luxurious no relaxing music and lady to hand you a towel after washing your hands 🙂 but there wan’t a queue.

How were your first 10 miles?

It was hot from the start, the first 6 miles were tough but we were on target but after this I started to feel sick so we had to pull back on our pace this was the time I knew I wasn’t going to make the time I wanted so I did feel demoralised.

Second 10 miles?

It got hotter and hotter as more people from the other start pens merged in with us and the weather got warmer.  It felt way hotter than the 24 degrees that was recorded – the body heat emanating from the 1000’s of people around us was something else, in fact how warm it was is how I imagine hell to be….and smell like!

At mile 16 we went into a tunnel just before Canary Wharf and I frightened both myself and Rob by nearly passing out…he grabbed me pure water over me and I sucked on a energy sweet and off we trotted again.  I am not sure if it was the change in temperature or the light change but I thought I was going to hit the deck.

Last stretch?

Even though we were really close to finishing I didn’t get usual spot of adrenaline to do my usual ‘Forest Gump’ sprint to the line  it was still tough.  I was so glad in the later stages to see the lovely Andrea and my family cheering us on – they have all never looked so beautiful.

What would you change about the race itself if anything

The weather was the only thing I would change about the race, all of my training had been done in ice, snow and cold weather to suddenly encounter summer temperatures was a shock and my body couldn’t handle it.

Is there anything you would change about your prep for the day?

Train in a desert just in case 🙂

What have you learned from this race, if anything

That you can do all of the training and feel like you are on the right track but it can all change on the day.

Would you do the London marathon again

Yes I would love to but I wouldn’t treat it as a place to get a PB.

What’s next for you? 

Another marathon soon to get me a PB and help me get over my slow time at London.  I would also like to get faster over a half marathon distance so Maidenhead half is my target.