HoBFitness: Marathons and Teams

Wednesday 4 May 2016 by

Bristol to Bath Marathon, Running, Fitness, Medal, #HoBFitness

It all began with a tweet. The ballots for London marathon have opened!

After the Bristol to Bath marathon I felt I had achieved something. I felt like I never wanted to do it again. In fact, I haven’t even run since Christmas. The training had been hard, the day was huge, and I was exhausted by it all.

And then I saw the London marathon on the TV at the gym. The event is always inspiring and it started me thinking again. I remembered the high (at the end) and the excitement of the day. I remembered how it felt to reach that pinnacle.

And then I saw the tweet… that was it. I couldn’t resist the opportunity. I argued to myself that it took several attempts to get in to the London marathon, that I wouldn’t even find out if I had a place until October so I have plenty of time to prepare.

That’s the way I justified it anyway.

So I signed up. I don’t even know what I was thinking, but then I admitted it online and discovered a load of people who had also done it. People I know and admire and who inspire me. It made me feel a part of a community again. I realised I had missed that with running. The gym has a community, but it’s not the same. It doesn’t feel as inclusive or positive.

Here’s the thing about fitness – whatever kind. It’s a team. The community is amazing. It’s totally inspiring and just one mention on social media and you’re surrounded by love and support. I know that if I do get in (I’m kind of hoping I don’t right now) that I will have a whole team behind me. I will have people to run with, people to train with, and people to cheer me on.

I will have a community again.

I still hope I don’t get in.

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