This is my last blog before the Marathon. We leave tomorrow night. Even Little Trevor gave me a lovely send off this week. He bought me a coffee at the sports club and drove me home in his little blue car as it was raining. He then gave me a big kiss as I got out and a hug (or two).
I have become so terrified of forgetting something crucial that I have checked and re-checked my running kit a dozen times. Despite having bought a new pair of shiny running shoes for Sunday I have decided to wear my trusty training trainers. They have carried me round 350 miles of Surrey roads so I feel they deserve to share the Big Day. I will never throw them away. I might get them dipped in bronze like you do with Baby’s First Shoes.
I even bought a new suitcase for the trip. ‘Great’ said Husband, ‘that is so big we can share.’ No we bloody well can’t!’ I blurted out. ‘I need this space to accommodate all my post Marathon shopping!’ That did not go down well on two counts. Firstly, Husband’ s attire is once again relegated to a crappie Adidas holdall and secondly he is now fearful for his credit card balance.
I have gone to lengthy preparation this week. I have had my legs waxed as I read that hair-free legs helps to reduce wind resistance on Olympic cyclists and I need all the help I can get. I also went for the false eyelashes as I need to be prepared for any celebrity photo shoot opportunities. I am however a bit concerned whether the glue will hold up with all the sweat dripping from me. I don’t want to end up with what looks like 2 squashed caterpillars crawling down my face at Mile 21. Having said that if I get to Mile 21 I will probably be past caring what I look like and more concerned about trying to stay vertical.
On a (rarely) serious note I would like to thank everyone who has supported me via donations, advice, encouragement, Twix and belief in me over the past 6 months. I promise I will do my very best on the day for you all and I will publish a final blog next week to let you know how I got on…
ON SUNDAY I am running the New York Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support. If you have enjoyed reading my blogs please donate at: http://www.justgiving.com/jayneandtrevorwebb