I just wanted to write you a little letter ahead of the big day.
I know you are feeling apprehensive about the marathon, I completely understand and I want you to know how proud I am of you.
Marathons are scary, but you have already done the most scary part, by signing up you have already proven your courage and ambition.
Whatever happens on the day, you have already succeeded. The real hard work in a marathon doesn’t take place on the day, but in the 16 weeks leading up.
Showing up day after day, when you’re tired, when you’ve had a bad day at work, when you want a lie in, when you want to enjoy time with the kids, when you have a hangover after the rugby, when you really want a Bacardi and Coke.
Getting yourself from the sofa to the point you are at now has meant many sacrifices. Being busy meant you didn’t have time to train for this race, but you made time.
You have logged countless miles, you’ve seen 5.30am more times than is normal, you’ve learned where all the public loos are in a 10 miles radius, you’ve made friends with a local sports therapist and with your foam roller.
You have lived and breathed the marathon for the last 14 weeks and now as the mileage drops and we come into taper it’s natural to feel a bit lost and to worry about the day.
Think about each mile you have run on training, the good and the bad, as a deposit in the bank. You’ve saved hard, you’ve built up a nice little nest egg and on the day,you can make a withdrawal.
Think of the marathon as a big celebration of your training. It’s your victory lap, you’ve done all your hard work in silence, it’s time for you to get rewarded for all your efforts.
I won’t lie, there will be hard times during the marathon and there will be moments of self doubt. But even when you wobble and don’t believe in yourselves, I believe in you.
Dedicate the last 6 miles to people and causes important to you and when things get tough, it will get you through.
All that’s left to say is
You are ready
You have got this
I believe in you