Oh my god. I don’t even know where to start. I am not sure I can start. I should be getting to bed right now, but I just wanted to write a little something. Just to share a few things about the day, and I will get a full recap up later this week.
Firstly, before I even begin, I want to thank you.
To each and every one of you who took the time to cheer me on in person, wish me luck, congratulate me after (or somewhere else along my journey). I would never have the balance and happiness I do in my life without you all making me feel special, so thank you.
I am so honored to be surrounded by such wonderful people!
Thank you to Saucony (did you see this tweet!? Life goal!!), EnduroPacks, Nuttzo, Sizzlefish, Inside Tracker, Body Health, Everyone Active and Beet Boost for their part in this too!
Okay, I need to go to bed, so here is what I know:
I ran 2:37:35 (clock time), so may take off a few seconds once the chip time comes through.
2nd woman in the Championship.
5th British female overall (elites and championship)
19th woman overall
annnnnnddd here are my splits:
Other than struggling at the 2k to go mark (it hit me hard for a few minutes and had to slow waaaayyy down), you can call me Captain Consistent!
I have shaved 4 minutes off my marathon PR each time I have run it.
That is about all I know for now, more to come later!
Oh, I have been talking about Freakshakes for months, and I devoured mine AFTER a burger. As I have a feeling my recap might be kinda long on Wednesday, here are a few pics to show you that not only do I indulge after a marathon, but I LOVE EVERY DAMN SECOND OF IT!
Yep. I did polish it, and finish my mums.
You thought I was exaggerating when I said I had the worst sweet tooth of anyone you will ever meet.
I am off to bed……where maybe, just maybe, I might fall asleep, although I never usually can after a race, and then tomorrow I begin my two weeks off all exercise…..yes, you DID read that right, TWO FULL WEEKS of no running, swimming, biking, ElliptiGO-ing or anything.
The only thing I may do is go for a hike with my husband as I am usually too scared to in fear of rolling an ankle.
But yes, time off after a marathon is SO important (as much emotionally as it is physically.)
As is gaining weight and indulging, which I have already started doing.
I have so much to share, but it will have to wait.
Thank you for all the love, it truly means the world to me.
If you want any more details for now, my Instagram will be your best bet!
Have a WONDERFUL Monday 🙂
Congratulations! Those are incredible splits – so impressed with your ability to run at the same pace mile after mile (or should I say KM after KM).
Tina you rocked it! Congratulations and it’s been a privilege to be able to follow your journey. Thank you for letting us in with such honesty.
Onwards and upwards from here. But first enjoy those burgers and shakes. You’ve earned each and everyone.
Awesome!! You are a great example, for females everywhere. Thank-you, and I hope you enjoyed that sundae!!
Tina, you didn’t just break 2:40, you crushed it. I’m so proud of you for running a great and smart marathon. Enjoy your two weeks off and I cannot wait to hear your race recap.
I was thinking of you yesterday morning. So delighted for you. Well done! Looking forward to the recap.
AHHHHHHH!!!!!! I cannot even put into words how happy I am for you. YOU DID IT!!!! and you did it so well. No one deserves this victory more than YOU! Enjoy every single second!!! xoxoxoxo
Huge congrats Tina! I love how happy you are and love that post race meal!
So so many congratulations You earned each and every mile and time!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m so incredibly happy and proud of you Tina. You deserve it all!
CONGRATS TINA! So happy for you! You are a inspiration and all that hard work pays off…Keep it up pretty lady! XOXO
Tracking you yesterday was a joy. So thrilled to see your progression and we all know only bigger & faster things ahead for you!
Congrats, Tina–I am glad you plan to enjoy your full two weeks away! You have earned every second of indulging and relaxing.
Incredible race! Very happy for you! You earned every second?
Way to go Tina – we are all so proud of and privileged to be able to follow along with you!
Congrats! And I can pounds some sweets too, so no judgment here!!
OH MY GOD! TINA YOU ARE AMAZING! Have I told you what an inspiration you are? Probably, but I’m telling you again. So very, very happy for you!
Seriously amazing! Huge congrats!!! Love how you indulge after the race – the burger looks delicious as does the dessert! Looking forward to your recap 🙂 🙂 🙂
Congratulations! And thanks so much for sharing!
Congrats yet again Tina! Thank you for inspiring us and thank you for beeing such a good, smart example in the running community!
Congratulations Tina! So happy for you 🙂 THAT MILKSHAKE LOOKS AMAZING. I think I need to travel to London for it.
I can only imagine how that must feel right now- so so proud of you!! Congrats on an amazing, consistent run and huge pr!
Congratulations on an amazing marathon and a new PR! You crushed 2:40- your persistence in training and cross training has really paid off for you. Glad you also got to spend time with family and enjoy that delicious burger and shake!
Congratulations Tina! Brilliant, brilliant race and I’m just in awe of your splits (and that epic milkshake!) Chuffed for you and such an excellent result. Enjoy your time off 🙂
So glad to see that all of your hard work has paid off congrats!
Woo hoo!! Congratulations. Love following you.
Congrats Tina! I checked your time as soon as I got up yesterday and cheered out loud when I saw that amazing finish time and those splits! You earned this, both in terms of your training and your awesome attitude about racing! Enjoy your weeks off and all the delicious treats 🙂 I cannot wait to read your race recap.
WONDERFUL!! Such incredible news! Congratulations Tina! Jumping up and down!!
You look so happy in those photos and rightfully so. You did an amazing job in your marathon and should be so proud. Congrats and enjoy your time off from exercise.
Congrats! You did amazing!!
Amazing job, congrats!!!
I love your attitude about racing then taking time off! it is so refreshing to see that those who are successful have moderation down! I’m also SUPER jealous of your treat! I can’t have dairy or gluten and after I ran Boston I would have loved that. Congratulations again lady!
Tina – you are SO amazing! Everything about you. Your outlook, your talent, your determination, everything! I am so freaking inspired right now I could cry. You just blow me away. <3 Enjoy your two weeks of PURE REST! 🙂
Congrats Tina! I had a feeling the experience was going to be a great one.
Congratulations again 🙂 awesome time.
I think you and me are soul sisters when it comes to sweet tooths (teeth?). I polished off my cheesecake factory cheesecake when so many people have said they couldn’t finish theirs! Just takes practice right?? Hehe.
Your shake looks amazing. Wow. more importantly, congrats on a smashing time!
This made my heart SO happy!!! Congrats Tina! You are a picture perfect example to all of us out there who keep at it that SOME day soon our time will come to shine!!! And that dessert…looks like we have the same sweet tooth. 😉
Congratulations! I love how you celebrate!
Congrats! You totally earned that milkshake, that looks delish!
That is amazing! And I’m glad you treated yourself to something so yummy after!
Yay!! congratulations!! I knew you would kick some booty!! And that dessert?! OMG. I have a similar sweet tooth, so I’m drooling right now!! Congrats Tina!!