Paris Marathon Countdown – 1 Day

Posted: 5th April 2014 by mockjogger in Race Preparation

imageI started writing this post about two weeks ago when, fuelled with a class of red zinfandel, I wondered what I would feel like the night before my first marathon. At that time, I expected that I would feel inspired. I expected that it would feel like the before one of life’s more momentous events. It is, after all, quite a moment, to be on the brink of potentially joining the marathon club.

In truth I feel none of that. I feel excitement, I feel apprehension and I feel fear. But above all I just want these final hours to pass. Just. Let. Me. Get. On. With. It.

One year ago today, I set up my twitter account and started this blog. I had been jogging on and off for a while but I had never taken myself seriously. Mock Jogger summed it up – I was imitating real runners.

My first race Rock’nRoll Edinburgh Half Marathon in April 2013 changed changed that. It was runners versus the elements – freezing cold with horizontal rain and gale-force head winds. I laughed the whole way round. I found perseverance, I discovered a new self respect and I walked out of that race one foot taller than when I started. I resolved to run a marathon one day in under 4 hours.

Since then I have prioritised running, when sometimes I shouldn’t have. I have taken for granted the support of family, friends and colleagues. I have given up family time at precious moments; re-scheduled important work meetings to suit my running schedule; run when I’ve been sick, injured, jet-lagged and hungover. And I have spent a whole lot of money on kit and races. Still, here I am, and I will line up for my first marathon tomorrow.

My goal is to run a marathon under 4 hours one day, but hopefully I have time for that. I have no time aspirations for the run tomorrow. Tomorrow is simply about getting around. If I can go home as a paid up member of the marathon club, then I will be a very happy jogger.

To those of you who have been there and done that, I take my hat off to you – you know what this run means. To those of you I have met in races, corresponded with on twitter, pinged on Facebook or who have just read the blog, you know what this run means.

See you on the other side.

  1. TartanJogger says:

    Best of luck tomorrow: can’t wait to hear all about it. I need to wait until Loch Ness to hopefully join the marathon club 😉

  2. mockjogger says:

    Thank you, I made it! Hope the training is going well for Loch Ness.