My name is Yvette & this is my story!
For the past four years I have entered a spring marathon in the USA. The thought of sunshine, beaches and friendly faces gives me the incentive to train outside through the cold British winter. I found details of the myrtle beach marathon on line and as I'd never been to carolina before I thought I would give it a go.
The first hurdle to overcome was getting to myrtle beach in time for the marathon! I landed in
Charlotte Douglas airport to be told the connecting flight had been cancelled due to the snow. Now I
know many local people were struggling to get to
the race on time but I had travelled four and a half
thousand miles so I really didn't want to miss it!
I spent the night curled up on the airport floor trying to sleep and hoping that by some miracle I would make it in time. In the early hours when the sun came up I became more optimistic about making it to the race on time. Flights began to leave and i
was fortunate enough to get a standby seat on the
lunchtime flight. I was also grateful for the email & online updates
saying there would be packet pickup allowed on
race morning, just in case!
So, 21 hours later than planned I made it! After checking into my hotel I found a map of the area and walked 2.5 miles to the expo to collect my packet, then walked the 2.5 miles back again to the hotel. After that all I wanted to do was sleep. After my night on the airport floor a real bed was very inviting.
I woke up at 4am on Saturday and started to prepare to run. I unpacked my trainers and thought that as I had got this far I had to give it a go.
And what a great race! The crowds, the organizers, the volunteers, the other runner's I spoke to ..... It was all fantastic. The atmosphere was electric and everyone was having such a great time. It was one of the best marathon crowds I have ever come across - and I have run 16 marathons. I jogged along enjoying the company of others and I was so glad that I made it in time. To top it all, I finished in 4hrs 19min which I was delighted with.
I think the moral of my story is 'never say never'. I really didn't think I would make it in time, but through the grace of God and a change in the weather I was able to get to the start line and put my months of hard, cold winter training to good use. God willing I will see you all again next year.
Name: Yvette Johnston
City: St Albans
State: United Kingdom