A defiant performance, London Marathon Ė 25 April 2010
Juliet Mellor reports.
As you probably all know
by now, Iíve had a couple of bad years health-wise, which has meant on
and off running for me. I just recover from a bad Achilles tendonitis,
then I get my London place in the marathon yippee! Now I have to get
back to running.
Then boom, I start having
problems and severe pain in my hands, arm and toe joint all at different
times. To cut a long story short I am diagnosed with palindromic
The rheumatologist says
ĎNO marathon, the damage you do now to your joints will make your future
worseí, so I say what about power walking it? (Iím not losing that
place). So thatís how my journey started.
First of all I want to say
thanks for all your support and waiting for me to cross the line, I
didnít know how long I was going to take, and I didnít want to keep you
all there which is why I decided not to tell anyone!
I had the most amazing
time doing this marathon as I had no expectations and no time to beat! I
secretly wanted to do 5.45 and if that became impossible under six would
be fine, or if things were going badly wrong just FINISH!!
When we arrived at the
start I felt sick with nerves, but we managed to sneak into pen 4, so I
thought to myself I will run the first three to warm up, and start
walking when the blue/red/green starts merge, so thatís what I did and I
Juliet, good to
go at Blackheath
It was good to be running
again, I had done a few small jogs in my training so I knew that I would
be fine. The merging was great everyone booing and laughing, I felt so
positive I could have carried on, but I knew it was not a good idea I
would have hit that wall with a big bang! So I got into my pace of speed
/power walking to change the momentum.
I saw Wendy early on which
was great, thanks for your encouragement. Then the miles just went, I
loved every minute of it, I took in all the sights, the bands and the
crowds. I got to 14mile crossover and looked out for Adee, and guess
what I saw him! I shouted and waved and that spurned me on a bit more,
then before I knew it I was going over Tower Bridge, I saw Julie G a
couple of times that was great, itís very comforting to see a familiar
At this stage I was
feeling good and I was overtaking loads of runners which encouraged me
on, before I knew it I was at 24 miles but my feet were starting to hurt
and legs feeling tight, but was not going to slow down now and risk
coming in over six, so I just kept positive and kept going, I was
getting emotional thinking donít cry yet or youíll have a black face
when my mascara runs, and then I saw the balloons and that was my signal
to jog to the finish and then I saw everyone wow!! When I passed you all
I did have a little moment, but pulled myself together for the photo.
Although I did walk and felt like a fraud for not running at the
beginning of my training, this was a personal challenge and I really
Julietís official time was