On 17th May 2021 I took part in my 9th of 11 marathons in 11 days. It absolutely poured with rain over night, so once again I was contemplating taking a boat for the towpath, but it actually turned out to be one of the nicer days so far. My legs are much more tired, and I can feel the impact of having ran so many marathons, and although my joints ache today I felt ok. It is becoming a challenge to keep going, and to keep going at the pace I’ve set. To be honest, it would be easier to back off and take it easier, but it would also be easier to let myself go and run a 3:30 / 3:40 marathon. But the aim of 3:59:2x is still ongoing.
Today I ran my 81st qualifying event towards the 100 marathon club. It is crazy seeing these fly up over this last week.
Overall this marathon was fairly relaxed. At times my knee hurt, my shin hurt and it certainly wasn’t easy, but it just flowed. I took it easy around the puddles and uneven service, and decided to walk over the blue bridge, aiming to look after my legs and prevent potential injury. It is good seeing everyone on the course, having been running with many of them for 9 days now. We spur each other on and support each other, which is fantastic. So many individuals achieving some great things out there.
I went a little fast today. I was nervous I had ran long so had to make up time, and I over cooked it by a few seconds. I still managed to finish in 3:59:23 on my watch, and 3:59:22 official time, making it my fastest marathon by a second. That is now 9 marathons in a row, with 6 seconds separating my fastest and slowest times.
I have almost raised £4,000 for Cancer Research, which is fantastic. Thank you so much for all your donations. I also still have around 30 medals left for the #FunbusMarathon For you to complete your own virtual challenge and get one of my amazing medals, so it’s not to late to get involved. I am happy for you to contact me direct about medals, as all money will be going to CancerResearch.