The current London Marathon was founded in 1981 by former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and athlete John Disley. On April 26th, 2015 the world's best marathoners toed the line of the 34th annual London Marathon. This years marathon also featured UK legend, Paula Radcliffe, who was running her final London Marathon.
Elite runner, Tina Muir, a member of the Saucony Hurricanes and EnduroPacks Elite Team, ran in her first marathon of 2015 in London this past weekend. Knowing she had put in the hard work and training, this marathon she decided to implement a new tactic, not having a time goal. Tina said, "I did not look at my watch. I did not worry about “making up time”, but what I did do, was exactly what I intended to do; Enjoy it." This allowed her to enjoy the whole marathon, for the first time, and finish with a new PR, in a time of 2:41:10.
In her blog, Tina writes, "Running the London Marathon was the most incredible running experience of my life. I absolutely loved it. In fact, it is hard to believe just how much I enjoyed running a marathon. Honestly, I am not sure if I will ever enjoy a marathon that much again. Marathons HURT, but even at mile 24, at the point when my last 2 marathons flickered through my mind (what a contrast!), I was still loving it."
In case you were wondering how fast elite marathoners run, here are Tina's mile splits for the final 7 miles: 5:55, 5:49, 5:58, 5:56, 5:51, 5:47, 5:59, 6:08. Her second half of the marathon was also faster than her first!
You can read more about Tina's London Marathon experience on her blog.