Digging Deep


Yesterday I ran the London Marathon and I did run all 26.2 miles of it, no walking, even though at times my pace was almost that of a snail. It was an exciting day that turned out to be one of the toughest and most painful of my life; I can say that having never given birth or sustain any major injuries in my life.

In the last 10 miles it was a prolonged agony, which mentally I had to break down into small bits, 5 minute chunks and whittled down the miles to get through. I put my head down under my cap and focused on lots of things to take my mind off my legs, mostly I thought of my family, my boys and my husband and all the things we’ve been through and continue to move through together. I imagined Tink’s warm little body snuggled up against me in bed, I recalled Stig’s beautiful eyes and infectious smile beaming at me and I looked forward to the strong embrace of Mr H.

On a number of occasions I really thought “I can’t do this” but I would push this thought from my mind and think of all the wonderful words of support I’d received from family and friends, all the encouraging words I had from twitter and Facebook and the desire to make you all proud and not let anyone down kept me going. Seeing my lovely in-laws cheering me on at 25 miles was a massive boost, and even though my name wasn’t on my vest having a common name like Sarah has its advantages when running a marathon, there were plenty of “go Sarah” shouts, I took them all. There is also the massive amount of donations and sponsorship money I’ve received for the charity TACT, people have been so generous and every penny really does count and helped me to put one foot in front of the other yesterday. Seeing the pink TACT cheering groups and hearing lovely Megan shouting my name helped put a smile on my face at quite a low moment.

I knew arriving at the start line yesterday that it was not going to be an easy task. My training had been much hampered by the weather and family events; we’ve been in some dark places in these last few months. A couple of time I set out to train in tears and found even doing a short run really hard work, even though it’s only a year since I last trained it all just felt a lot harder. But I went to run a marathon, not walk it and I was determined to do just that and I did. Even though my time was slower than I would have liked I’m very proud because I didn’t give up. I kept telling myself that walking would be just as painful and it would take twice as long to finish. Today I feel very tired and I ache a lot but I’m happy, happy to know that if I put my mind to something, no matter how hard I really can do it.

My last word of thanks goes to the lovely lady who placed my medal around my neck as I crossed the line, I said to her “Oh I could kiss you” and she replied “you can if you want” so I did and she gave me a lovely hug too.

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  1. Louise April 22, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    OMG! You should be sooooo proud. Congratulations on a brilliant achievement. I can’t run one mile let alone 26 of them!!! You’re a wonderful girl! I made a donation to TACT and hope you get many more sponsors.

    Hope you are now getting lots of pampering from your loved ones. You deserve it! 😉 xxx

    • thepuffindiaries April 22, 2013 / 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much Louise, I am very proud and thank you lots for your donation. x

  2. Sezz April 22, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    You have every right to feel proud. It’s a bloody long way and it’s not just yesterday, it’s all the days and miles of training you’ve put in. Well done!

    I was looking for a pink vested person with your number on. About half an hour before you a lady with Sarah on her vest with the race number 2 less than yours, looking similar to you, also running for Tact, ran by and I thought it was you, but I double checked number and realised it wasn’t. What a coincidence!

    Well done again.

    • thepuffindiaries April 22, 2013 / 5:47 pm

      That’s a crazy coincidence, I didn’t meet her either, there was a reception afterwards. Thank you for trying to spot me, it was lovely to get support and really helped. xx

  3. Sarah MumofThree World April 22, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    Well done! What an amazing achievement. I really am in awe of you. Having run 13 miles, I struggle to get my head round doing it all over again. But I must admit what you have achieved has started me thinking just a little bit… Maybe one of these days I will do it.

    • thepuffindiaries April 22, 2013 / 10:36 pm

      I’m so glad I did it but I’m pretty certain I wont be doing it again. I’m sure you could do it, it just takes a lot of time training.x

  4. Mayoral Dublin April 23, 2013 / 11:49 am

    Well done you! What a brilliant and rewarding achievement. Strong lady!

  5. Matt Pez April 23, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    Best blog post I’ve read for a long time. Well done. If I ever do finally run the marathon, like I’ve been saying I want to for the last 20’ish years, I might just be thinking of this blog post when I sign up.

    Well done. xx

    • thepuffindiaries April 23, 2013 / 12:11 pm

      Wow that’s a lovely thing to say Matt. I hope you do manage it one day it is a true sense of achievement. xx

  6. Mrs Teepot April 23, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    Amazing, amazing, amazing. Huge well done to you!

  7. Louise B April 23, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    Well Done on completing the marathon, that is so impressive =) Donation given

  8. Emma April 24, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Well done you! That is a fantastic acheivement! Congrats on the self host as well! :)

  9. older mum in a muddle April 24, 2013 / 12:03 pm

    Well done – that’s so amazing. What an achievement! I can’t imagine the mental battle you had in those final few miles. Off to up your funds now! :o).

    • thepuffindiaries April 24, 2013 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much, It was one of the toughest things I’ve done. xx

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