Athens Authentic Marathon
Four weeks after Chicago and my PB, this was meant to be about finish lines not finish times so thrilled that on the hot, hilly course to come out with my third fastest marathon time.
The home of the marathon
2 weeks after doing Snowdonia Marathon the legs did not want to run so any plans for times went straight out the window. A great course well organized event
Well, look at that. I finished the thing. Marathon number 10. It was tough, not my best time and not my worst either and either way I didn't pop my cloggs like the original bloke so I think I did well. Had to use the medics a fair bit for cooling pain relief for my arthritic feet (two feet with two broken big toes, one foot fracture and arthiritis!) but that said I barely felt pain and ran the whole way until about 20 miles when I ran-walked to finish. No injuries so far and feet in one piece still (I think) Bless my partner Jack for dutifully waiting for me it the stadium, what a sweetheart, thank you to those that believed in me even when I didn't :)
Great race, very hilly. Emotional to run through, Mati, the area devastated by wildfire in the summer. Great party running through the Adidas Runners cheer point!
Not a PB but still a fantastic experience along the original marathon route, with the hills and Athens sun it was certainly tougher than we had expected but a great way to celebrate my best man- Martyn Jones’s 40th birthday. We’ve now completed 9 marathons together and look forward to celebrating in Athens during our extended break. Big well done to Anna Jones too for completing only her second marathon on this testing course.
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