As our first Athlete of the Month we caught up with Lydia Trow who recently did extremely well in the 2015 Budapest Marathon.
What are your recent racing achievements?
Well unfortunately the pluralisation on racing achievements isn’t necessary because I decided to push all races aside and focus on training for the big 42km out in Budapest. Thankfully that turned out to be a race worth celebrating and, although I still don’t believe it actually happened, I did manage to finish the race in 3:07, as the 5th overall female and 1st from GB!!
Tell us a bit about the Budapest Marathon
So, I signed up for the marathon back in January, the night before we went to Brighton for BUCS XC (bit of a spur of the moment decision that, yes, I did wake up regretting!). RAG organised it as a charity event in association with other universities and it was all headed up by ‘Choose a Challenge’ (they offer other events at Exeter such as climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and trips to Machu Picchu!).
Training was long and it did get a bit dull when I was having to go out and do 20 miles by myself, but I did learn from it a lot about just how psychological running a marathon is (and well, just running in general).
The race, however…was AMAZING! The atmosphere was phenomenal; I was racing with 22,000 people from all across the world, the crowds were buzzing and I somehow managed to keep smiling for the first 20 miles. At that point though, I think I did ‘hit the wall’….suddenly the pain and the lack of energy all set in at once and it was a case of digging even deeper and trying to drag myself to the finish line. Just 100m from the line, we ran under a barrier that said ‘You are all heroes’ and for me this really got the emotions flowing and so I crossed the line with tears rolling down my cheeks!!
What did you get to in Budapest afterwards? (and before….)
After a LOT of food (we all went to a restaurant and ordered whole chickens, it was amazing!!), it was definitely time to party and the clubbing scene in Budapest certainly lived up to, and exceed, all our expectations. We went from bar to club with some people staying out as late as 5am! The day after the marathon literally no one could walk and we were all hobbling around like a bunch of 90 year olds. We did manage to stagger over to the famous baths for a bit of much needed muscle relaxation however.
What’s your next goal in racing and training?
Well now all the marathon hype is over, I guess I have to return to running ‘normal’ distances!! I have a few personal goals in terms of times I would like to achieve for certain distances but apart from that, I just want to keep training hard and put in some good performances in the Westward XC league and hopefully we’ll get some team success!!
Thanks Lydia, and congratulations on your amazing success in Budapest! We'll be catching up with November's Athlete of the Month later this month, so train hard, race well and this could be you.