1.Took a photo of the course
Here you can see the course in its full glory. The Kent Roadrunner Marathon was essentially 17 laps of the Cyclopark in Ebbsfleet (2.5km a lap). Despite the heat, which at times you could see radiating off the tarmac, it was a fantastic race.
2.Remembered that they provided bands for every lap
Unlike last year, when I made paper bracelets and asked my poor mother to attach them around my arm before the race.
3. Spotted some funny signs
Ok, well I found them funny. Come on, you’ve got to be a bit off the wall to run a 17 lap marathon right?
4. Felt ready-ish to race
With a start-line like this, blue skies, nourishment (Clif shots, water, energy drinks, cake, crisps – it was a feast for marathoners) every 2.5km, my music blaring and a guy running in the opposite direction to cheer us all on, I felt good (for around 14 laps at least).
5. Put my super-speedy adidas trainers to the test
They are beauties but would they withhold 26.2 miles of tarmac-pounding? Well of course. In fact, I was glad to be wearing these super light-weight adidas boost adizeros during those final laps when my legs began to feel very, very heavy.
6. No really put them to the test
All I can say is that these adidas trainers gave me the #Boost needed to perform this angled stunt at mile 9 or something. (FYI This was my entry for the showboating contest and not something that I regularly do during marathons).
7. Pulled the ultimate #Raceface
Like where’s my call from the running glossies for #Raceface of the week? Empowered. Strong. Or simply trying to gulp down water as fast as I possibly could. This is the ultimate caption contest photo so why not give it a whirl and comment at the end of this post. Courtesy of tzruns/Stuart March Photography.
8. Came in third position (female)
Look at me with my trophy and my massive medal.
9. Received an awesome medal to boot
Did I mention the absolutely massive medal?
10. And a Medal Size-O-Meter
In this pretty awesome goodie box. Now I can see if my bling measures up. Bet you’re well jel.
11. Will do again
Why would you want to run 17 laps around a Cyclopark again you may ask? See all of the above.
Believe me, once you get into the swing of it this a fun (showboating contest), well-organised and fast-ish course. You don’t have the usual people/car traffic and everyone is in high spirits. It’s also not stupidly expensive and easily accessible from London. Check out the website for more details about the Kent Roadrunner Marathon 2015.