We love a good marathon race report here at Up & Running and we couldn’t resist sharing this one in particular. Philippa Moore is an Australian living in London who is a pretty kickarse kind of lass. She’s not only maintained a 30 kilo weight loss for five years, she’s also transformed from couch potato to running devotee, showing great grit and determination in the process.
On Sunday Phil completed the London Marathon, her first marathon. She was virtually coached by the one and only Julia Jones and proved to be the perfect student, i.e. she obeyed Julia’s orders
Phil has just posted her race report on her blog. Here’s a particularly inspiring excerpt:
“Although I knew it would be hard, I also knew it would be one of the most joyous experiences of my life. I was determined to have fun, I was determined to make it to the end no matter what it took, and (this was the toughest thing, because I’m naturally self critical) I was determined not to make it any harder than it already was going to be. In my entire 12 weeks of training, I had only missed 2 sessions. One because I was sick, the other because I was exhausted. Other than that, I stuck to it like clockwork and was out there, rain, snow or shine, giving it everything I had. It is true what they say, on marathon day you’ve already done the hard work!
It was as hard as I expected it to be, but it also wasn’t as hard as I thought, if that makes sense. I was prepared for pain, for fatigue, for exhaustion. I was prepared for the mental blocks, but they never came. I was just having too much fun.”
Check out the full race report on Phil’s blog, Skinny Latte Strikes Back. Congratulations, you legend you!