This is a compilation of short videos I made at Mile 21 of the London Marathon with the mighty Run Dem Crew as we cheered on some of our friends, but for the majority, complete strangers.
As you know if you follow my blog, I do a lot of running…! So if you ever wondered what running means to me and why I prioritise spending my time running over many other things in my life, look no further than this video.
Running a marathon is a phenomenal accomplishment and I have respect for every single person who has managed to concur 26.2 miles – it’s something that I hope to add to my achievements as I run my first marathon in Copenhagen the 18th May 2014.
Yesterday was the London Marathon and I went out with my running family Run Dem Crew to support the brave souls in our crew who were running it.
Taking over an entire area on Commercial Road just leading up to the mile 21 marker, the supporting squad was on fire yesterday and the whole experience was overwhelming to say the least.
I have to admit that even though I couldn’t wait to see & cheer on every single person from my crew, I was mostly excited about cheering on my fellow runner, friend and officially new hero – Candice.
And just so we are clear, my list of heroes is very small, up until now it literally only consisted of 3 people: my mum, my grandma and Bangs.
We had heard that her knee had given up and that she might be in an ambulance, but that she was determined to struggle on. Natalie had waited for her at her water station and was going to help her reach mile 21 from mile 16.
Now this might not sound like a big deal to you, but let me tell you, I ran 13.1 miles and even though I wasn’t feeling like I was on my death bed when I crossed the finish line – I would NOT have been able to run any further.
So to think that 13.1 miles would only have covered HALF THE DISTANCE is insane and that is why I salute every single person who completed the marathon yesterday.
However, for Candice it wasn’t just about the distance or being tired, it was literally the incredible amount of pain she must have been in.
Let’s be honest, most of us would have given up in that situation, come up with some excuse and told ourselves that there will be a next time – but she didn’t, Candice soldiered on and that in itself is a victory that no words can give enough justice to.
She overcame every single barrier yesterday – physical, mental, emotional and she DID DA GODDAMN THING!
And that is why she is an inspiration. That is why I feel blessed to have met her. That is why I look up to her and think she is an incredible young woman who can move a mountain with sheer determination and will power.
That is why I consider her as one my personal heroes.
She didn’t stop and she didn’t give up. She has showed me that literally ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with hard work, determination and a good support team.
And the love each and every one of us felt for her when we finally spotted her reaching our zone is quite simply beyond anything I can describe in words.
If you want to know what Run Dem Crew is all about you should have been there yesterday, because in that moment when Candice showed up, both she & the crew showed exactly what it’s all about in my opinion.
I feel so thankful to have been there and I feel so blessed to be part of it all.
So much love to Candice and all the others who DID DA TING yesterday! Rock that medal with pride, it was an honour cheering you on!
And a big thank you to Charlie Dark – this would not be possible if it wasn’t for you.