“He’s got ’em on the list — he’s got ’em on the list; And they’ll none of ’em be missed — they’ll none of ’em be missed.” From The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan.
My mum, Maggie was always one for lists, she was famous for it. She would have a list for everything, particularly for trips away. This is something I’ve picked up and I religiously make lists every time we go on holiday to the great amusement of the family. They do realise though that it’s a great way of de-stressing travel because if you have ticked everything off a well put-together list, you know you haven’t forgotten anything! The best holiday list I ever came across is very simple and it goes “passport, tickets, money”, the rationale being that if you forget anything else, the money will be able to replace it. When we leave the house on any trip abroad, I always use that for final peace of mind.
What about travelling to London for the Marathon though? You don’t need a passport but you do need your registration form, that’s an absolute must because if you don’t have that, it’s game over! I suppose I could buy rail tickets on the day with money, but that would cost a small fortune compared with the cheap advance tickets that I have, so tickets are on. I really need to pack my running shoes because money can’t replace the wear that has made them optimal for me & able to carry me blister free through 26.2 miles. So my minimal London Marathon list is: registration, tickets, running shoes, money.
When we leave tomorrow I will definitely have a list because I can certainly do without the stress of going without something (how could I possibly run so far without my Garmin). Overall though, above all other things I am looking forward to what people tell me will be an experience of a lifetime. I am very thankful for the opportunity to do this and for all my friends who have been so supportive and generous.
I also thank God because “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NIVUK