Yorkshire Marathon 2013
Chip time: 3.47.51
The first Yorkshire Marathon, and my first marathon. I had only been running for 14 months, and didn’t use a running watch, wasn’t on Strava (had never heard of it), and wasn’t involved in a running club. So, I didn’t really have much idea what I was getting myself in for! My longest run had been 19 miles (if I remember correctly), and that was exhausting. So needless to say, the event itself was absolutely punishing. I didn’t stop, but the last 6 miles were awful, and increasingly emotional, and I spontaneously burst into tears at the end! And not in a good way. I felt sick to my stomach, and couldn’t take anything in (I’d had way too much Lucozade and who knows what else). In fact, I felt sick for about 4 hours after the marathon.
So, didn’t enjoy this one at all, and two years later I would knock more than half an hour off the time and feel way better about the whole thing, also running a negative split.
But it was a huge learning curve, and really glad I did it. Amazing to look back and see how far I’ve come.
Official results here.