Ok so you know all those times I said I was helping Howard train for the Valencia Marathon? Yeah I fibbed. Howard talked me in to running it with him and I kept it quiet so that I had a different experience to London. The London Marathon was a fantastic day but it was hot, crowded and the training, focus and fund-raising was pretty intense and I felt really low once it was all over. I just wanted to put London to bed and have a different experience.
The training went reasonably ok, Howard travels a fair bit and then suffered a bit of sciatica. I fitted training around life and kids as best I could, but we managed the 20 and then 22 milers really well so we felt confident and excited about our break away at the end of it. We boarded the 7am Friday flight from Stansted, along with about 200 other marathon runners and were in our accommodation before lunchtime. We were hugely lucky to be able to borrow a fantastic apartment from one of my workmates.We headed to the Centre of Arts and Sciences for the Expo which was only 15 mins walk away. This place is amazing! We collected our bibs (chips on the back) t-shirt/vest and very generous pre-event goody bag! The Expo was nothing compared to London but the photo opportunities and runners wall were fab!


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Vikki Harper4.01.23YESSILVER
Howard Harper4.04.06FT