What do you wish you had been told before you started training for DCM?
· Doing the marathon is enjoyable. Runners talk about the pain but on the day you will also have a lot of fun.
· Family/friends can get really close to the start and finish lines.
What would you say to people who are reading this thread now and contemplating doing their first marathon next year?
· Do it. Stick to the plan.
· Get a running partner for motivation and company even if it is someone who will accompany you on part of the long slow runs towards the end of the plan.
· Contribute to the thread. It will help you from driving those nearest to you daft when you begin to think about running all the time! People here will answer questions no matter how silly or embarrassing they may seem.
· There is a video where you can get an idea of the route so it doesn’t matter if are not able to do practice runs along the route.
· Collect some money for charity – set a realistic target. People’s generosity will surprise you.
What were your high points and lowpoints of the whole experience?
– Seeing my sister and two girls running up towards me. It was on Terrenure Road where the route only took up one part of the road and there were no cars on the other side. I was able to run across and I got hugs from my girls and husband. He had some extra gels on hand as I’d lost one. Their smiles and cheers helped me on my way. I knew they were so proud of me especially my mam who had a heart attack a few years ago and I raised money for two heart foundations.
Crossing the finish line in under 5 hours whilst waving and cheering to the crowd. I loved it especially when my family were ready and waiting at the end and it was so easy to meet them. We’d a lovely lunch in Rathgar and I proudly wore my finisher’s top and medal.
The signs along the way especially “16 weeks ago this seemed like a good idea”; “If it was easy, everyone would do it”; and “Look lively, there’s a morgue ahead”. Loads of children giving high fives.
The stories, advice and information on this thread. Thank you all especially YoungAnne.
– The Olygate Half Marathon in Wexford. A picturesque run but for much of this I was on my own and felt lonely even though I’m used to running on my own. I felt so slow and was happy just to finish it especially as I’d huge blisters. My husband gave me a cup of tea with sugar which helped pick up my spirits (the simple things!). When we got back to my sister’s house, she opened some bubbly to celebrate the fact that I kept going. After a couple of days I was back out running and following the plan.
My first day back at work (5 November) and realising this journey has come to an end. I’ve tears in my eyes writing this as it’s been such an amazing experience. I loved it.
Do you plan on doing another marathon?
You never know.
This was always meant to be a once in a lifetime thing for me. I now would love to do another marathon and know I have the ability to do it. However, I’ll be moving to a more challenging role in work in a few weeks which will hopefully lead to a promotion. Also, I want to have another baby. All in all, that doesn’t leave much time for anything else. I will keep running and go back to bootcamp. Maybe in a few years, I’ll be back doing the DCM trying to beat my time or get a ballot place in the London marathon which is where I live.
Thanks again folks. Good luck to everyone who will be doing the DCM 2013.