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The London marathon is truly one of the greatest races of all time. I’m a person that loves a challenge and I certainly love an adventure and my race yesterday was certainly that.
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caption="Krsna Harilela at the end of the London marathon."]
The first half of the race was fine. At the half way point I thought I'd pick it up a bit - I was feeling great so I thought why not?
Then mile 17 came. My stomach full of sickly sweet sports drink and candy got caught up in a wave of nausea and I made for the next set of toilets.
At that point I knew my chances of hitting my time target were out the window... so what do you do? Just jog along and enjoy it.
It wasn’t easy to get my legs going again, but once I did, the experience totally changed for me. I ran past a bottle of London Pride, chased a banana and got overtaken by Sherlock Holmes!
I talked to people, patted them on the back and strangers encouraged me whenever I stopped. London became a melting pot of human kindness and that was the best place to be... all of us putting our body through this hell but all for a good cause!
To the amazing runners I met along the way - WELL DONE! To the soldiers running with the 26lbs on their back - I salute you - and to those who fought illness to be there yesterday I honor you for your courage.
The war wounds are worth it and lessons were learned. Putting on my pajamas took as long as my last mile (long). I inherited my first black toe nail (which kinda makes me feel like a tough-guy), but the bling of the medal just makes all that fade and has put the silliest grin on my face.
I will take 4:28:17 for my first marathon, thank you very much!
I will take pride in the knowledge that I'm 0.1% of the population that completes a marathon in their lifetime.
And I will always remember the day I started my journey leaving my flat alone but ended with well over 36, 000 runners.
Now to put my feet up and rest.