Yesterday was the Milton Keynes marathon and my husband was running it. His first ever marathon and it was the hottest day of the year!
This is how the day went;
We left home about 7am and arrived at the MK Dons stadium where the marathon was due to set off about 10am. We had a wonder round and found the start line then went in the stadium and had a look round, the doors were open all day for you to come and go as you pleased which was great.
It was soon time to deposit Scott’s bag at the lockers and make our way outside so he could warm up. It was just after 9 now and it was already very hot outside. We applied sun cream while Scott went off to warm up then he was off to his pen while we made our way to a spot near the start line.
The start line soon filled up and we were pleased to have a space along the roadside, even so it was tough to pick Scott out among the thousands of runners as they set off but we managed it! A quick wave and to us and he was off!
With time to kill we were off to explore, there were various stalls and rides around so we firstly stopped for an ice cream, then had a wonder round and kept ourselves busy until it was time to get into the stadium and find a seat.
We had an app we could track Scott on and we were on it all the time! He had family and friends at various points round the course so we were hoping they would keep him going.
We got our seats early in the stadium as there was a fun run coming back as well as a half marathon so there was lots to see and we wanted a good spot for when he came back.
A friend of Scott’s had messaged me saying he had ran past and looked great even having time to high 5 him on the way!
Little did I know that he had gone off like a rocket and the first 7 miles were all averaging under 6.40! Now this is not a problem for Scott on any other day but in 28 degree heat and when he had 26.2 miles to run not so good!
He realised at this stage he was going too fast and the next few miles averaged around 7.20 pace when it hit him at mile 12 and he slowed down to 8.07. He then got progressively slower and by mile 24 he was on an 11.58 mile!
By this time he was had taken all his gels,drank water at every station,been pouring water over head and he had eaten slices of orange, sweets and ice pops all from passers by on the route!He was just trying to finish now.
He picked his pace up slightly on mile 25 and 26 and actually looked good to us when he came into the stadium!
We had been waiting eagerly since 3 hours 30 into the race as the app had stopped being completely accurate and this was his target time. When he came through the tunnel at 3.48 we went mad cheering and screaming for him! He was so happy to see us and I was so pleased he was ok. He made it over the line in 3.49.50.
The feeling seeing him go over the line was just one of relief and pride. We left our seats and ran round to the steps we knew he would come up after collecting his medal and seeing him ran into his arms for an emotional sweaty hug!
He couldn’t believe how hard it had been and how it wasn’t that hard in training,it had never been 28 degrees in training.
He isn’t happy with his time but out of the few who ran from his running club he was the first one home and all of the others also had slower times, one wanted to do it in 3.45 but did it in just under 5 hours and another one did it in 4.45. Someone we knew had a sister in law run it who usually does it in 4.29 and she did 5.43. This just shows the heat was a killer.
Will he do another one? Today he is saying yes, maybe in the winter 😂
We are very proud of him though and know with all the stress and worry leading up to it I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to be there when he finished.