My alarm went of at 5am yesterday morning, after snoozing a couple of times I dragged myself out of bed. Quickly jumped in the shower, had a cup of team and huge spinach omelette.
I got the bus in Nottingham at 6am ready to jump on the mini bus at 6.30 am, the drive down was stress free, we had a quick stop at the services part way and then we arrived in Chichester at around 10.30 am.
We quickly parked up and made our way to registration. The registration process was very quick and painless. I got my timing chip and my race number, 5455. We then made our way to the track and set up a pitch. As well as the hounds and harlots skating we had a team of 4 supporting us. Shortly after arriving I bumped into my friends from the Swansea Slayers and they pitched up next to us.
At 11.45am we made our way to the track, we did a small warm up and our stretches. 12pm…..the marathon started.
It took a while to get going due to the huge amount of people on the track. The first lap was quite a fast one for me. I slowed down the the following laps, everything was going really well until around lap 8, I hit the wall, my back was killing me by this point and it just ached. I kept telling myself, you can do it, your over two thirds of the way there. Every lap I skated as I passed the start line, the cheers from my team were amazing, they gave me this extra push to keep going. Laps 9 and 10 were equally as hard, with lap 10 greeted my with a trapped nerve in my neck, I was so close, I couldn’t let this beat me, I managed to massage my neck whilst skating and loosen it up. Lap 11, my final lap, this was hard, I wanted to throw up, everything was hurting, but it was my last one, I only had to skate another 2.42 miles, I could do it, I would do it! I got to the water station, I was so in need of water, I was now around half way round, I switched my ipod on to Combichrist and cranked the volume right up, I was going to do this, I wasn’t going to beat on my last lap. I danced along to my music for the last mile, water bottle in each hand…..
Me, Eve N Deadlier, I did it, I skated a marathon, I earned my first medal at the age of 30. If someone had come up to me last summer told me I would be capable of achieving this, I would of laughed in there face. I’ve surprised myself and I am so proud of what I’ve achieved.