My 2005 London Marathon

How was it for you? - Quotes and pictures from London 05

Posted: 18 April 2005
by Batfink

Time: 3:00:42

The best moment: feeling like a proper athlete crossing Tower Bridge and taking the time to look at the crowds that seemed to be 20 deep in all places. Oh, and running behind Nell McAndrew for a few minutes!

The worst moment: coming to a seemingly grinding halt at 24 miles after being bang on pace for the previous 23 miles.

The biggest surprise: See 'Worst moment'!

What would you do differently? I was very happy with how I ran on the day, especially with my pacing up to about 23 miles. The reason the physical shutters came down after that, I believe, was simply not enough miles in training. The balancing act of keeping injury-free and been fully trained for a quick marathon was just a bit off balance this time.

How will you be celebrating? Went to the pub an hour after the race. Had three sips of Guinness, nearly fainted and promptly threw up the 'health bar' I got in the goodie bag and the tuna sandwich I'd prepared for the finish. I felt a lot better after that and managed another few pints and treated myself to a pizza when I got back home.

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