23 Nov 2012

Valencia (my 10km) Marathon 2012


As you can probably tell by the title I didn't run the whole of Valencia marathon! I was very close to changing my mind and doing it anyway but thought I might end up doing more damage to my knee and not being able to run at all.

So I decided to meet my friend Ciry just after the 30km marker and run up to 40km with her. From there I could cut through the park and watch her run into the finish :-)





I arrived in Valencia on the Saturday evening and went down to the Science and Arts area which is also where the start and finish lines are. Then I went back to hotel to meet Ciry.


At 9am on the day of Valencia Marathon I went and stood downstairs of my hotel and watched the start of the marathon. I actually cried because I wanted to be running with them (I was glad later on that I wasn't as it got very hot again).



At 11am I waited at the 41k marker and saw the two marathon leaders come running by! That is something that I normally don't get to see :-) From there I walked up to 30k and waited for Ciry.



Once she arrived I jumped on the course (I had last years bib number on minus the chip so I wouldn't get sent off again) and joined her for the next 10k. A lot of the spectators that had been there on the walk up had now disappeared, probably down to the finish area. It felt really strange running in a marathon which I wasn't really running in! Ciry was doing great and only started getting tired around 37k (from what I could see anyway).

At 40k I said goodbye to her and ran down to the finish area. She came running past about 13 minutes later looking very tired but very determined :-)


Ciry finished in 4 hours, 36 minutes and 9 seconds!!!

6 comments:

  1. Bien hecho Lynne!!!...Acompañar a una amiga en los kms más duros del Maratón seguro q le hizo mucho más llevadero ese tramo

    Una pena lo del calor y que al final no pudieses correr con dorsal

    Besos y felicidades a Ciry!!

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    1. Gracias Pancho! Acabo de volver de Las Palmas en donde pase unos días maravillosos aunque me quede con las ganas de correr por las Canteras.

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    2. I so enjoyed visiting Valencia again Pancho :-) And the sun was shining for me again!
      Ciry did fantastic!!

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  2. Dear Lynne sis - I am so happy that you came to Valencia to run with me. If it wasn't for you, I would have walked after km 37. Thanks for all the support and for helping me push the wall!! I enjoyed walking around Old Town with you and having some girl time at the cool bar-terrace. That was neat! Lots of <3. If I win the Xmas lotto, I'll see you next year :)

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    1. You are very welcome!! If you need help on any of your USA races just cover my airfare and I'll be there ;-)

      It was great to have some girl time with you too :-)
      If I don't see you before then I'll see you somewhere, sometime in 2014.....

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  3. Do not worry that anywhere you go you will always find races to participate ... And by the way I read that you get success in the Valencia Marathon .. Congratulations ..!

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