Dedication

One of Martin Yelling’s tips for the marathon is to dedicate each of the last few miles to a particular person, preferably someone who has helped or inspired you along your marathon journey.  The idea is that thinking of these people will act as a motivational tool in those painful last stages as you won’t want to stop in “their” mile.  I think that’s a really lovely idea, and plan to adopt it.  So here are my mile dedications:

Mile 20:  Gordon Booth, aka Boothy, aka Old Running Fox.  A gentleman I have never even met, but who still manages to inspire and encourage me every day, on The Running Bug, Facebook, his blog and mine.  Now the “wrong” side of 75, Boothy still regularly runs long races over the kind of mountainous terrain that would totally defeat me, more than 45 years his junior.  And wins silverware for them too.  The definition of inspiration.

Miles 21 and 22:  My grandparents.  I consider myself unbelievably fortunate to have reached the ripe old age of 30 with all four grandparents still with me – in fact, I don’t know anyone else close to my age who can boast the same.  Holding a joint celebration for my 30th and Grandpa Griffin’s 90th was one of the highlights during my marathon training.  They may not quite be running fell half marathons like Boothy (well, they do have ten years on him) but Cuddly Nanna and Grandpa Griffin, and Little Nanna and Grandpa Loader, are all just as inspiring in their own ways.  So these two miles are dedicated to knowing just how lucky I am to have them (and particularly lucky to have their extraordinarily good genes!)

Mile 23:  Michael Jackson.  Not the late controversial king of pop, but my uncle, who was diagnosed with as-yet-unidentified cancer earlier this week.  By mile 22, my battle will be nearly over, but his is still to come.  So this one is for him.  No way am I giving in here.

Mile 24:  Rachel Antony-Roberts, who has been the most wonderful flatmate a person training for a marathon could ever wish for.  Rachel ran London herself a couple of years ago, and as I have previously mentioned in this blog has been free with advice, unwavering in support and unbelievably generous with the cakes!  She is even giving up her bed this weekend so my parents can stay over on Saturday night.  I couldn’t have done it without her, so mile 23 is just for Rach.  I’ll reward her properly when we hit the beach in Cuba on 25 April.

Mile 25:  My Mum.  Who has taken to running like a duck to water and is brilliantly inspiring, proving just like Boothy that it’s perfectly possible to take up the sport in your 50s and get an enormous amount out of it.  She can take some of the blame for me tackling this marathon at all – I had to step up the distance in order to avoid being left behind, since she left me for dust at the last 10K we did together.  I have a feeling she may be lining up for her own marathon one day in the not so distant future.

Mile 26:  Having thought about this one, I’ve decided that the last 1.2 miles are going to be just for me.  By then I’ll be well on to home turf and with the finish line in sight.  I plan to enjoy mile 26.  And after all, who else am I really doing this for?

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About westlondonplodder
Thirty-something London girl looking for the next big challenge

4 Responses to Dedication

  1. Hels says:

    Lots of good luck wishes. You’ll do a fantastic job and I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

    Most importantly, enjoy it. I did and you will too! You’ve put the hard work in, now reap the rewards.

  2. fortnightflo says:

    I hope you have a fabulous run tomorrow, enjoy the crowds and the sights, don’t take jelly babies from strange looking men, a nd ENJOY YOURSELF (then write one of youre usual fab posts about it afterwards please!). Best of luck x

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