Reasons I am looking forward to the marathon:
Water stops – I hate having to carry water with me and needing to ration it. A water stop at every mile means I’m never far away from my next fix of Vittel!
Spectators - It’s lonely and boring running long distance by yourself. I’m sure I read somewhere that the London Marathon spectators are considered to be the best of any marathon in the world!
Other runners - people to talk to – see above re: lonely and boring
Seeing the sights - there are loads of London landmarks to spot, and although I currently hate ‘the Gherkin’ as I saw it so many times last time I did the marathon, hopefully I’ll learn to love it this time
Being part of the Save The Rhino team - the rhino costumes are so well known that it’s great to be part of their team even though I’m not wearing a proper suit.
Playing spot-the-vest-that-we-printed - not likely when it’s like 20 people out of 35,000 but stranger things have happened
The finish - that last few hundred yards in front of Buckingham Palace, perfect for a sprint finish, the finish line, medal, goody bag and well-earned rest
Reasons I am not looking forward to the marathon:
It’s 26.2 miles long!
If it all goes wrong again this time I’ll have to do it again!