Asics Stockholm Marathon in June 2019
- Stockholm, Lidingovagen, Stockholm, 11541, Sweden
How to celebrate your 6 year wedding anniversary? Get your husband to pace you to a 7 minute PB! Humid, hilly and downpours in the second half but a beautiful course and amazing crowd support. Cried my eyes out at the end. Gave it everything. Delighted.
Pacing Fiona to a new PB as a 6th anniversary present. Wet and hilly but a fantastic atmosphere.
Sub 4hr success from the jaws of disaster.
The trip to Stockholm wasn't quite the planned preparation. Being last onto the plane was told all cabin baggage had to go in the hold and had no chance to remove my kit before the bag was whisked away. We arrived in Stockholm 1am on Friday morning to be told bags were still in Amsterdam... At the expo on Friday the Asics staff couldn't have been nicer. They were fabulous. As I'm a popular size they put a full kit aside for me to collect on Saturday morning if necessary - although the idea of running in new shoes worried me. Having been very grumpy at missing the Friday night 5km warm up run, our bags arrived at 2am on Saturday... The marathon itself was lovely. It was cool and dry to start and the course was pretty flat. It took in lots of the centre of Stockholm. We had small cobbled streets with grand buildings, open parkland and wide tree-lined roads. More importantly, we had fabulous support the whole way round. I felt good but stuck with my plan. The buzz entering the stadium and running the last 200m on the track meant I managed a full on sprint finish to beat 4hrs in just my second road marathon. Success from the jaws of disaster. Thank you to Stockholm for your support and thank you to the Asics staff for going the extra mile to help me.
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