We Did It!

Jonathan Look Running the 2016 London Marathon

Jonathan Look Running the 2016 London Marathon

After months of blood, sweat, toil and tears. After training on three continents in weather from freezing cold to 104 degree heat. After battling everything from stray dogs, severe thunderstorms, deep pot holes, stinging insects, crazy drivers and even armed soldiers, we have done it! SARAH AND I HAVE FINISHED THE LONDON MARATHON!

We were excited, but a bit concerned as we started out early last Sunday morning on the train under cold and drizzling skies. It didn’t take long though until we were caught-up in the excitement of race day. Hordes of fellow runners practically overwhelmed the London Underground as we made our way to Greenwich Park and the starting line. Just before the starting gun there was the beginning of blue skies and a brisk wind. It took almost 30 minutes of slow shuffling to get 38,000 people across the starting line, but soon we were on our way.

By the time we passed the Cutty Sark we were warming up and shedding the old clothes we had bought the day before to wear over our running clothes and protect us from the unexpected cold. The crowds were amazing and kept us motived as they shouted out our names in encouragement (we had our names written on out shirts) as we clicked off the miles. By the time we crossed Tower Bridge we were both exhausted, but crossing the Thames was about the halfway point and after the Isle of Dogs the crowds lining the race route got heavier and heavier. Ever mile brought something new. We passed brass bands playing, gospel choirs singing, string quartets and rock stars all belting out sounds of encouragement.

Sarah Wilson with her 2016 London Marathon Medal

Sarah Wilson with her 2016 London Marathon Medal

After what seems like (and in some way actually was) forever, Big Ben came into sight. By this time my feet were blistered, my knees hurt and even, for some reason, my fingers were numb and my arms were aching, but again it was the crowds and kept us going. By the time we passed the Houses of Parliament we knew the agony would soon be over. As we rounded Buckingham Palace we could see the finish line and we used the last of our energy to get there.

Yes, it was a challenge, but in the end definitely worth it. We don’t do these things because they are easy, but because they keep us looking forward and engaged. Also, it has been great raising money for one of our favorite charities Action Aid, but we are a bit short of reaching our goal of raising £4,000 British pounds. (We would certainly appreciate it if you could help us, by helping them and giving at this link: https://www.justgiving.com/SarahandJonrunLondon

As I write this it is Tuesday morning and we are still a bit sore, but mostly recovered and ready to take on a new challenge. In a few hours we are going to board a plane and fly to France where we will walk across the Pyrenees and then walk 850 kilometers across Spain on the Camino de Santiago over the next 30 days. Although we will be traveling light, without computer or fancy cameras, I am hoping to be able to give some updates here on the site through my smartphone. It is an experiment and we will see how that works.

Again, please, if you can afford it, give a bit to Action Aid to help us reach our goal. Every little bit helps. And we hope you will follow Sarah and me as we walk across Spain! Buen Camino!

Jon and Sarah at Greenwich Observatory about to Start the London Marathon

Jon and Sarah at Greenwich Observatory about to Start the London Marathon

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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