London Marathon - Follow Me Tomorrow!

12 April 2014, 10:31

Tomorrow I will run the London Marathon. It’s my first time running London, but my third marathon, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m running for Anthony Nolan, the charity who found me my anonymous bone marrow donor who saved my life five years ago, but I also felt I had to run representing Run dem Crew, who absolutely transformed my running and circle of friends since I joined 2.5 years ago, and Energy Lab, who utterly transformed my body and running style in the past year I’ve been training with Barbara and Claudia. Anthony Nolan get my vest (with “Transplantee” on the back!), but I used freezer paper and gold textile paint to add the RDC and EL logos to my shoulders, like little guardian angels.

VMLM vest stencilling

On my bottom half I’ll be wearing the biker short length of my newest sewing pattern, the Duathlon Shorts, in rainbow supplex with neon yellow and orange sides. These are essentially the shorts sisters to the leggings I wore to race Bath Half! On my feet I’ll wear my newest Injiji toe socks with the high ankles (so many freaking socks fall down at my heels but these don’t!), and my beloved grey New Balance Minimus shoes.

My kit for London Marathon

I also finally settled on my menu-err… gel strategy for the race, too – peanut butter, apple crumble, salted caramel, banoffee & margarita! The shot bloks count as three “doses” and the extra salt is really good for me, as I know I’m a salty sweater.

VMLM gels

I’m also having my husband pass me a bottle of Nuun as I run past home at 12 Miles – I’m hoping to get at least half that down my neck before I ditch the bottle. I’ve found that the electrolytes in those really help me.

During the race itself, there are a few different ways you can track me:

1. The official London Marathon site (my race number is 7948), which will show my position at every 5km and guesstimates in between. Note that the tracking portion of the site will only appear on race day – Sunday 13 April (the mass start is at 10am BST).

2. Twitter – My Runmeter app will tweet from my account that I’ve started the run, and you can click on the link to see where I am, and/or reply to ANY of my tweets (including that one) to have it spoken into my ear while I run. The only issue here is that if the 3G is unavailable when I start (and it’s likely it’ll be oversubscribed at the start and finish), the tweet with the link in it won’t go out. You can still reply to any of my tweets though, to have it spoken to me (you can’t just write a new mention to me, though – it has to be a reply).

3. DailyMile – join and send me a friend request before tonight, and you can access the same tracking link, and also any comments added to my post while I’m running will also be spoken into my headphones. The advantage here is that Runmeter will poll Daily Mile something like every 5min throughout the race, so if the 3G is down at the start, it’ll just post it at the next opportunity, then updated as it gets info from my phone. My profile is here After you sign up, hit the “Add Friend” button on the left under my photo.

The ExtraMile film crew will also be shooting me at various points throughout the race, so you can look forward to seeing the highlights of my race a little while after marathon day if you’re unable to follow my progress as it happens.

VMLM Expo selfie
Best marathon expo selfie ever??

Mentally and physically, I think I’m in a lot better shape now than I was for either of my previous marathons. I was a nervous wreck before Amsterdam because it was my first, and then I was under a lot of pressure to get a GFA time in Copenhagen despite only having 6 weeks to train due to severe illness. This time around, I will genuinely be happy with quite a wide range of time, but I’m targeting the 3:15-3:30 area, which will be a big PB for me should I pull it off. I’m totally grateful to my body for actually giving me a full 6 months of dedicated marathon training without getting sick (my immune system is “special” and the same as a 4.5 year old!), and I’ve been able to devote an awful lot of time, energy, and effort into making tomorrow go well. My mantra for the past few months has been “April 13th Me had better appreciate this!” so I“m looking to cash in on all that training!

And again, should you have any spare cash (even a fiver helps!), my fundraising page is here.

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  1. I hope you have a really, really great day tomorrow!! I’ll be keeping an eye on your tracker :-D You’re a real inspiration xx

    — Louise    12 April 2014, 13:03    #
  2. Have a great race Melissa! You’ve put so much into it, and now it’s time to enjoy it. Go rainbow legs!!

    Scruffy badger    12 April 2014, 14:40    #
  3. Done and Done! Looking forward to cheering you on from here. I hope you’re feeling all throughout and are happy with the outcome!

    MsMcCall    12 April 2014, 16:56    #
  4. Good luck, Melissa. Have a great race!

    Sarah AJ    13 April 2014, 00:23    #
  5. Hope you have a great time, I will be rooting for you in the United States!

    Kathy    13 April 2014, 01:20    #
  6. 3:31;37 – Brilliant on such a hot day – I hope you are really proud and happy! I looked and looked but didn’t spot you – (was at miles 11 and 22) but atmosphere was great anyway. Son-in-law did 3.53 – a lot faster than he expected, so a good day was had by all!

    — Anne Frances    13 April 2014, 16:59    #

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