Right. What you are about to experience is going to suck.
But you’re also going to love it.
How do I know? Because this is my third marathon.
Third. THREE. I’ve done this, on Sunday, THREE TIMES.
And I can tell you, you are going to ride one heck of a roller coaster. You will have moments of joy, moments of despair, and moments of crazy… and those moments could all happen all at the same time.
You may at some point be passed by a person dressed as a beer, or pulling a pile of bricks, or dressed as a beer pulling a pile of bricks.
Embrace that because that’s the London Marathon.
Embrace that what you are about to do is completely insane. 100% mental. But comfort yourself in that there will be 35,000 completely insane people doing it with you at the same time. You will be cheered on by hundreds of thousands of people in London and abroad. You’ll all be headed towards the same goal together – to finish the London Marathon which is one of the top marathons in the world.
And when you finish (which you will) you can tell everyone you are a marathoner. No one can take that away from you. Not even the person dressed as a beer.
So count your gels, get all weird about what socks you are going to wear, and get ready to have some sort of crying fit at mile 22 – cause it’s on people.