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!!!


  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!!

    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.

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

  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 :)

    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.....

  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 ..!