I ran the Barcelona Marathon without training
I had fear of missing out
You hear a lot of horror stories about running marathons. Some people nearly die, some people break their legs, some people shit themselves. But last month, against all odds, I ran the Barcelona Marathon without training for it. And I am here to tell you that you probably can do it too.
I had signed up for the Barcelona Marathon last year, but dropped out because I didn’t have the time or energy to train. I decided to still go anyway and support my friends doing it, as it would be a nice trip to Barcelona on my birthday.
When everyone was getting prepped for the marathon I got really bad fear of missing out, or FOMO as some would say. Something inside me burned to give it a go; but I had only ever run 10km before, so I hadn’t come prepared at all – I didn’t even pack any comfy running pants.
But that wasn’t going to stop me. I doused myself in baby powder, loaded up on Powerade, water and energy gels – and against my better judgement, I gave it a go.
At first I thought I would try do as much as I could, just to shift some stomach flab. However, in an interesting turn of events; I made a friend called Peter (shout out to my boy Peter Clamp), who had fucked up his knee and together we decided to give walking it a try: attempting to finish under the 7 hour cut off time.
Peter’s beautiful face and motivation got us to 18km, but then in a tragic twist of fate he had to stop and be literally carried away from me. I carried on running until about 30km, when in a state of achy legs and confusion as to why my thong hadn’t begun to chafe yet, I texted my housemate in a desperate attempt to fish for some encouragement. Her words and wisdom carried me through the last 12km, and I eventually crossed the finish line in 5 hours 26 minutes.
People were so friendly and encouraging in the race, which was an undoubtably massive boost. The atmosphere carried me through and the kind flat route meant that I was able to overcome the near impossible. As a result of this, I would say that if you ever feel like spontaneously running a marathon, then Barcelona is probably the only one possible to crawl around.
I thank the lord for the flat route, my iPhone’s low battery mode, and my unsuitable underwear proving surprisingly suitable. Even though many people told me I was stupid and could have got seriously injured, it still goes to show that anyone can run a marathon: even if you haven’t trained!
Sign up for next year’s Barcelona Marathon here