Discussion: Remember to pray
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May the taper not have left you feeling fat and lethargic and the sniffles and niggles not develop in to illness or injury
On marathon eve May your friends and family not text you ‘good luck messages’ after 9pm. If staying in a hotel, may it be clear of Stag and Hen parties and may your room be somedistance from any noisy air conditioning units, night clubs or someone who has just been let out of prison or returned from active service and that night been reunited with their loving partner.
If perchance you do sleep may you dream of forgetting your number or race kit or of not being able to find the start of the race or of oversleeping and missing it completely, in order
that on the day itself you will wake up, remember your number or race kit, and find your way to the start on time.
May you eat a breakfast familiar to your digestive system.
May your transport be on time and free from catastrophic mechanical malfunction.
May the portaloos have few people queuing outside and plentiful toilet tissue inside .
May your GPS unit and heart rate monitor be fully charged and may it find satellites immediately and link seamlessly with your chest strap….. and not someone else’s.
May you not be held back by runners slower than you starting too far forward and in turn, may you not spoil the race for others.
May you not set off too fast and remember that if you feel you are running too slowly you are still running too fast.
Let the weather be 11 degrees centigrade during the race with a light following breeze and perhaps a hint of drizzle in the last six miles, then after the race may the clouds disperse and reveal 20 degree sunshine
May your timing chip remain attached, your shoelaces stay tight and may you avoid tripping over discarded water bottles or slipping on gel sachets.
May you not suffer a visit from the Gingerbreadman, or run directly behind someone who has.
May you not be impeded by idiots wearing personal headphones, passed by runners in fancy dress , athletes over the age of 80, your club mates, your partner or anyone off the telly.
May you see your supporters on the course and may your supporters see you and then when the race is over may they meet you at a pre arranged location and not change their plan and leave you thirsty ravenous and shivering as they struggle with the overloaded mobile phone network.
May your nipples and sensitive areas be free from chafing
And In the final few miles may you avoid hitting the wall, resist adopting a run walk strategy and find the strength to f*@$% your legs, And on crossing the line may you wipe the phlegm from your cheeks and the crystallised salt from around your mouth and find the energy to smile for the cameras.
And then whatever your time or your achievement, be it a personal best or an absolute unmitigated disaster, remember that your loved ones have tolerated you’re your persistent
absence, your challenging moods and narcoleptic tendencies for months on end, so wear your medal or t shirt with pride, celebrate being one of the 0.1 percent of the population
who have trained for and completed a 26.2 mile race and enjoy a few days of being treated like the hero you are, walking like a cowboy with haemorrhoids, and not having to run a step.
(Stolen from Tony 'The Legend' Audenshaw)
I didn't think I was that excited last night but I'm geting that way.
Good luck Sunday and I'll try and still be concious when you get to the pub.
I'm excited and I'm not running :-D
To be fair it was mainly Ben who was excited last night!!
Ha! I'm like a nervous kid!! Enjoy your race tomorrow!!
Have a good'un Jayne - enjoy it!
Good luck for tomorrow!! Can't wait!
All the best tomorrow Jayne. Have fun!
Can't believe it's 30 years since my first and only marathon this year!
Harold - I couldn't wait until woke up this morning feeling like shit, hope it fades. See you at the end,
Charlie - I was 1 when you did your marathon (just making the point :) )
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