Why on earth am I running a marathon on Sunday?

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This is on the route – I think!

A few weeks ago, some running friends of mine mentioned the A20 Path and Downs Marathon. It is a local one, but already I was looking for excuses not to run it.

Why?

I like the trail, and this is on road.

Road races are usually expensive – £ per mile.

I have only done races longer than 31 miles in the last two years.

I prefer to have the opportunity to get lost.

Somehow, I got suckered into it. It is local – and is great to have a race on your doorstep (go for a race then back for Sunday dinner) – so it is great to support. Secondly, I found that the race was actually around the value for money threshold that I set for myself (£1 a mile) – this is just over – but by only a few pennies. Thirdly, I could always add some more miles if I want to do more, but I might just challenge myself to do a decent marathon. Finally – I will probably get lost.

I suppose that my biggest fear is that I am so used to eating crisps, quiche, cheese, ham, sausages, burgers and drinking soup at aid stations, that my body simply will not know how to race a marathon on just jelly babies.

So, I will find out. I like the great big unknown, so I am going to set out steady and just see how it goes. I ran this back in 2013 and did it in 4h23m and I walked some of that (I will just say that I was recovering from a race – but probably wasn’t!). So, it will be nice to see how this one turns out.

Either way, I will be running in my Maidstone Harrier shirt, and giving folk encouragement along the way (and hoping that it creates some kind of good karma). It’s a little undulating (a lie – there are some whacking great hills). And cheery supporters and volunteers with flat coke and big smiles. Check out this course profile

I do remember getting grumpy when I kept having to divert from the straight line route on the back stretch, and yes – divert up hill – to follow the course rather than the road that I drive so often.

Looking forward to a great day. Check back to see how I got on.

Where are you running this weekend?

What was the last marathon that you did?

What tips do you think I should know that I may have forgotten? 

 

UPDATE: I finished and beat my 2013 time by less than 20 seconds. So, my time was just over 4h22m for a hilly marathon (there you go – I got my early excuses in!)

Here is the gps file https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/957609867

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