Let me begin by saying that while I have run several marathons in the past, I watched this one from the sidelines on Sunday. John and I went to London a few days ago to watch his eldest daughter run in the London Marathon. She did really well finishing with a great time proving that proper training can make for a better race. We walked all over the race course covering at least 13 to 14 miles ourselves hoping to catch a glimpse of her, but with no luck.
Normally, I could cover this much ground without repercussions, but my shoes let me down badly making me miserable after about 7 miles. I had worn them before for city treks, but I was nursing big blisters on the balls of both feet by the time we made it back to the hotel. Ouch!
It was pretty exciting to be on the spectator side and be able to snap photographs and shout encouragement to the runners. Tower bridge was packed with people and I had trouble getting high enough to snap exactly what I wanted unlike this guy who was way up high on the bridge.
Not everyone was watching the race. I caught the guy below catching up on some email.
I ran out of water during our London walk about unlike the runners below who seemed to have a sip and then toss the rest. During races in the US, water is usually in an open cup making it easier and less wasteful than the bottles that Nestle was giving to runners.
Although there were crowds everywhere,
the London police ( in yellow) had things well under control …
making sure everyone who wanted to … could make it to this location …
or this one if you needed medical help.
This time I was glad to be like this little guy, watching from the sidelines.
Unlike this one though, I was too tired from walking all day to have much appetite.
After it was over, you could spot the runners sporting shirts with LonDone on it and hear people saying in passing to them, well done!