Abingdon

in start

Abingdon Marathon 2016 #marathon #Sussexsportphotography 12:26:05 PM

was it the
bellowed
black
bags and
foil capes
whirled

or was it
the long, windy roads
leading
to a marathon

or
could it have been
in getting there
the feeling
always felt
days running
distant from
memory

or that both
brother
father
competed
completed
and in that way
their way
my way
my letting let
theirs down

or did i imagine
in whiling
hours
bar keeping
reconciling
dispositions
you know
the impositions
never able
to really
join in

abingdon marathon
emerged
a day
in arriving
en route
acquiesced
sunday’s
forgiveness

and by introduction
the week leading
a ‘taper’
beyond comprehension
‘easy’
that is not to say
marathon training
per se had preceded

and at work
the autumn snuffles
coughed and wheezed
sure enough
by friday
my best
gave way

the schedule set
saturday met
a short
1.8 miles
cogs
to loosen

this marathon
despite
would be on

i was pleased
both
start
and end
completed
on track

there would be
of course
moments
of beauty
by thames
my river
from london
a familiar friend

and those morning mists
which rise
with breakages
of sunlight raising
all that ran
comfortable
a steady pace ensued

so six miles in
a knee right
had been left
for the past
six months
but no the right
wanted the right
and slowly
began to ingrain
some pain

Abingdon Marathon 2016 #marathon #Sussexsportphotography 11:13:35 AM

to
halfway
in
95 minutes
an echo

the gradient of difficutly
rose
mile markers
slowed
at 20
this
untold
was it

i don’t know
didn’t
beyond here

all reasons
all repertoires
for
and against
consumed
this brutally
brutal
beauty

an ebb
a flow
thames passing
runner’s running
coming going
where once they
came and went

some stopped
to start again
to stop again
to start

near ending

and now
if i could just
forget
forget
a knee
from being dragged
dragging sinew
rather than
run
running

past near
st helen & st katharine
once upon
mother’s school

and find
found
finally
tilbury track
400 meters
or was that
440 yards
to go

now
120
head
lifts
ascending
upwards
beyond

just for
a moment

bevan boys
bevan girls
joined

Abingdon Marathon 2016 #marathon #Sussexsportphotography 12:24:58 PM

in finish

3:25.14
the clock stopped
and everything

else
simply
stopped

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~ by lloydsloops on October 29, 2016.

2 Responses to “Abingdon”

  1. wonderful..

  2. Mission accomplished – well done!

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