Congrats to Caitriona on Her First Marathon… You CRUSHED IT!!!!

The big news this beautiful Sunday morning, April 22, is that Caitriona Balfe just finished the London marathon, her first ever, with an incredible time of 4:47:40! Guys, I have run one (and only one) marathon in my life, and I finished in over 6 hours (which admittedly is very slow), but under 5 hours for a first marathon is very good! Especially given that Cait is a self-proclaimed non-runner. I am beyond impressed by this woman, yet again.

Caitriona’s older sister, another Irish beauty, Anne-Marie Balfe, (there are 7 Balfe siblings in all), is a runner…

 

 

                     Cait and Anne-Marie on a hike in LA with Sam

 

Cait originally asked Anne-Marie to do the London marathon in her stead, for Cait’s charity: World Child Cancer. Like a good Irish sister, Anne-Marie said,

“…well if I’m gonna run, you have to run…” and the rest is history. Aside from meeting personal goals, both women helped raise over 25,000£ for WCC! 

Here is a video of them talking about their experience as runners, their training schedules, Cait’s determination (no wonder she’s so convincing as Claire!), guilt free eating, post race alcohol, and to Cait’s surprise, she has been signed up for yet another marathon by yet another sister! 😝

Cait’s been training hard and raising money since at least February, when she posted this tweet…

And it culminated in a successful and fun race… Here she is finishing…

Gracious, as always, here’s what Cait had to say on SM after completing the marathon…

Photo: WCC

Going into the race, Cait got lots of encouragement from friends, family, coworkers, and fans… 

Sam was apparently cat sitting with Eddie while Cait was in London, and they watched the race together 😂

Fair’s fair, Caitriona cheered Sam on at the LA marathon in March, 2015…

From Maril…

Long time friend to Outlander, whom we are excited to see in Season 4 as Governor Tryon, sent Cait a good luck message and a tip about Vaseline…

There were lots of people on hand to cheer Cait on the course as well…

 

And floods of congratulatory messages post race…

Here are messages from her other running sister, Dierdre, and from Diana…

Post race, Cait is back at the airport, headed to Glasgow to be Claire again bright and early Monday morning. Tomorrow would actually be a great day to film post wedding night, post print shop reunion, or post spanking scenes for this lass – if my experience is anything to go by, she’ll be moving a little gingerly come tomorrow…

 

Advil, walk, drink water, rest, and repeat. I hope Claire’s scenes for tomorrow cooperate! Many many congratulations on completing your first marathon – a smashing success – Well done!! 

9 comments on “Congrats to Caitriona on Her First Marathon… You CRUSHED IT!!!!

  1. I haven’t read the Outlander books. I was put off by a present of the complete book set of Game of Thrones. It has thousands of pages of turgid descriptions of medieval intrigue and killings with dragons thrown in. I’m told the TV adaptation makes more sense. However, the book set makes an excellent door stop.

    Outlander’s season 1 was a stormer. Season 2 good but less so. Series 3 was a mish-mash with cut corners, a lack of continuity and the infantilization of Jamie. Jamie started off as a man who was a soldier, ex mercenary, fluent in several European languages and Mandarin, a diplomat who was able to hold his own at royal court level and to demonstrate a considerable degree of street cunning. He was loyal to his family and unswerving in his love for Claire. Unfortunately, by Season 3, the female team of writers that Caitriona Balfe enthuses about has turned him into a devious teenager who gets himself into scrapes only to be rescued by the ever saintlier and matronising (female equivalent of patronising) Claire. Series 3 is disjointed and has cut swathes out of the book, so we know little of what Claire did for 20 years and the reality of living a lie with the decent guy who was Frank.

    At the end of Season 3 we are left with that would have been an elderly (pushing 50) couple cuddling on a beach having improbably survived spending several minutes underwater after being washed overboard in a hurricane. They are only vaguely aware of where they are. I know how they felt.

    It is too late to go back but the problem is that Starz put four seasons into 3. The reason I guess is to maintain ratings but if they continue in this vein, viewing numbers will start to haemorrhage and take the ratings down with them.

    Lastly, please, no more 21st Century smartass feminism. Claire is now described as ‘feisty’ but did you know that the US dictionary definition of the word is fidgety, touchy and quarrelsome. Its linguistic origins are Germanic and refer to flatulence. It literally meant to f**t. Never use it in Germany.

  2. Forgot to add. Congrats on the marathon result Caitriona. First time is usually awful but you did really well. £28 for cancer relief ain’t bad either.

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