I have to say the start of the Berlin marathon is very un-German.从排了一个小时的长队到厕所，the less than rigorous checking of bibs to get in the right corral (this actually worked in our favour) and having to hop a fence to finally get into the start zone,虽然它的欢闹减轻了我的一些神经。
They use previous marathon times to seed you into corrals for this race,so I was in a corral away from Loz and Ashley.However Loz and I were able to get ourselves into the F corral with relative ease (if you skip the fence jumping bit).我肯定我是一个可怕的人，在一场大比赛之前，我是一个神经束-多亏了洛兹试图让我平静下来。Quick pre-race selfie and we were off.
I was aiming to keep my splits between 8.30-8.40 however I don't know if it was my gamin that has officially given up or my legs,but my splits were all over the place!我有一段时间对自己的速度有点迷恋，然后才试着计算出5公里的数学。10公里计时器等等，用它们来确定我的目标。前几英里我感到幽闭恐惧，好像我没有足够的空间跑步，which I know is a problem in massive races.随着跑步者们在比赛中的距离越来越远，情况确实有所好转，但在选择你的比赛时，这是需要考虑的问题！必威betway!
The next 10k were spent thinking 必威betwayabout going strong through the 15k and 20k mats,knowing that people were following my progress around the world- which I find amazing,（谢谢）Leahfor live tweeting and for all the lovely messages I received) I was also looking forward to seeing my spectators again at 20k…
Except I didn't.Sadly the infrequent Sunday trains meant they just missed me.这是一个有点士气的敲门声，所以我把我的耳机，并启动了我的音乐。I wouldn't be seeing them again until mile 23 so I had a long way to go on my own.
I got a bit of a stitch just before the 28k water station so walked through it and took on some water.我立刻感觉好多了，可以加快速度回到8.35英里。我整个身体都在受伤，所以我利用水站作为短暂的休息时间来喝水和散步，即使只是15秒。It helped to mentally break up the final 14km,我知道我在安排步行休息时间。Additionally it helped to cool me down,and quench my raging thirst- I'm not sure I've ever felt so thirsty during a race.I was literally hallucinating 必威betwayabout a full fat coke at the finish line.
I had spotted a Run Dem shirt around the 28k marker,决定用它们作为我的起搏器，他们也在穿过供水站。当他们停下来的时候，我停了下来。当他们逃跑的时候，I ran.I later found out it was Melissa who I've spoken to via twitter before- a big thank you for getting me through 28k-36k!!我不确定我在比赛中是否感到如此舒适，and never felt like I got into a rhythm like I do on training runs.在这个训练季节，我的臀大肌感觉很紧，每走一步我都会意识到。我只是觉得有点不自在，不放弃需要很大的精神力量。我的胃也感觉很奇怪，尽管回头看很傻，在19英里或22英里处，我无法面对我的凝胶，只能希望我吃的三杯足够了。
看到我的家人在37公里处，我露出了我能应付的最大的微笑——这并不算什么。I was soo ready to be done.Id done some calculations and worked out that I just needed to run sub 10 min miles to finish with a sub 4.不是问题，除非你的腿感觉像铅。
我继续前进，想到家里的每个人，所有清晨的训练，速度训练和艰苦训练。不到5公里直到我再也不用跑了，曾经，如果我选择了。24英里是9.43英里，是我最慢的一英里。25 wasn't much better with a 9.27 but I kept trugging.汤姆后来告诉我，他从来没有在那个阶段看过马拉松比赛，我们都在23英里的跑道上蹒跚而行，and I can well believe him.The runners around me were in slow motion,就像我一样，just placing one foot in front of the other,愿结局来临。
你拐过一个弯，勃兰登堡之门突然向你开过来——最后一段。You can practically taste the alcohol free beer they're serving at the end.
Except it's not.There's another 150m after you cross under the mighty arch.即使我被警告过，这仍然是一个残酷的笑话。
在我周围，其他跑步者正在减速，暂停手表，想知道发生了什么事。With less than 150m to go,还有一块3.48的手表——我知道它会非常接近3.50分。I gave what I thought was an all out sprint but probably looked more like a half hearted dash for a bus.
But I made it,,just.3.49.56（官方时间由Lissy发短信给我，因为我的应用程序不工作！Thank you!!）
尽管是茶点（这就是你在比赛中所说的吗？）在课程中非常出色，有非常有帮助的志愿者，他们在整饰区严重缺乏。我花了很长时间才找到水，尽管像班比一样东倒西歪，there was very little help.I never found where to remove my chip,but I did track down some beer eventually.
Overall not the race I was planning,比我希望的更不舒服，但我打破了我来这里实现的目标。必威官网跑一场PB比赛从来都不容易，要想突破，需要很大的勇气和决心。I may not be a natural runner but what I lack in physical attributes (long lean legs??) I think I more than make up for in mental strength and sheer competitiveness with myself.证明任何人都能成为跑步者。
对每个周日完成柏林马拉松的人都做得很好，particularly to those I knew on the course.我遇见了艾希礼and her husband Bo,然后我的家人去喝可乐（梦想可以成真！),a beer and the saltiest chips and schnitzel ever- perfect!!
再次感谢在训练期间和整个比赛日支持我的每一个人，your words of encouragement meant more than you know.谢谢XXX