What’s it like to run the London Marathon?

Phill Taylor
Phill Taylor

The thing with the marathon is you have to respect the distance. 26.2 miles is a long way and takes its toll on both your mind and body. Many people will have heard the expression ‘hitting the wall’ - this is something that happens when your body literally runs out of energy and your brain says ‘stop’ But don’t worry with enough training and the right mental attitude the wall will be beaten.

The achievement in running a marathon is not all about running it in a world record time. The greatest achievement is finishing and beating your personal goals.

The marathon is very much a personal race and although you are running along with 35,000+ people if you are running The London Marathon it can be quite a lonely place.

It takes many months and years to train properly for a marathon and requires a great deal of dedication, especially on cold, dark, winter nights.

You may ask ‘is it all really worth it?’. Yes. There is nothing more satisfying than running those last miles of the London Marathon, running past The London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and finishing on The Mall. Although I have been know to have been concentrating too hard in the past and didnt realise I’d actually ran past Big Ben.

The crowds are amazing and really lift your spirits when you are feeling tired and feel like giving up. And when you cross that finish line its just the best feeling in the world

I often get asked what do I think about when I’m running and don’t you get bored? Another thing people ask is why do you run? There’s no sure fire answer to these questions, and somethimes I ask myself why do I keep doing it, but basically I guess it’s because I love to run.

Phill Taylor is a member of Bridlington Road Runners