GULP just entered my first half marathon

feeling sick now!

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22/04/2013 at 03:53

susie well done on the PB look forward to the report

22/04/2013 at 07:31
Well done Susie always great to get a PB. Look forward to the race report. The crowds and support looked amazing on the telebox
22/04/2013 at 07:43

Well done Susie,  To PB at London is good going

22/04/2013 at 09:37

Susie huge well done on your PB - the atmosphere looked amazing on the TV. Look forward to your race report!

Parkrun PB of 23.30 for me this Saturday (and 1st lady in age group) so pleased with that. I am now wondering whether I can get a sub 23 min this year? I am also hoping that I will be on target for a 48ish min 10k at the Bupa race at the end of May 

With all the marathon running over the last 2 weeks I am crazily looking for an Autumn Marathon to run. At the moment I am on waiting list for Abingdon, considering Yorkshire Plusnet one (am on waiting list for extra race places being released this Friday) and the Thames Meander one in August. Decision's, decisions..

22/04/2013 at 10:49

Susie well done on your pb...like everyone else has said it looked amazing on the tv this year...i too will try yet again for the 5th year in a row to try and get in via the ballot as id love to experience the marathon that is london.....although my first love will always be brighton

Lisa 123 have you considered the bacchus marathon in surrey on the 9th september you get wine and beer on the way round!! as well as water and a bbq at the finish for all those that ran...

22/04/2013 at 18:19

Oh Susie - fab fab fab!!!! Hope it was a great day and look forwrad to your race report 

Lisa - super speedy!!

Still no running for me - busy weekend supporting Mr B&T on a 91 mile hilly Sportice down in Cornwall yesterday (cycling, not running!) I will get the trainers out again soon, but just enjoying the extra free time at the moment! Waves to everyone

22/04/2013 at 21:21
Yeah Susie, well done
Looking forward to a v detailed race report
Well done on your pb too Lisa and Dee
Couple of easy runs here, loving these lighter evenings
50.34 apr
23/04/2013 at 04:21

morning all

went out for a run yesterday managed to cover 8 miles may go out today as well and do 5 but will see how i feel my just do them on the treadmill as a recover run

23/04/2013 at 07:44
Sweatshop run last night and a time trial too, yet again set out to run slowly, but managed to take 5 minutes of my time from a month ago?

Loving the lighter evenings too sal

Lisa - super 5k PB there I think you will go sub 23 by the end of the year.

I'm just enjoying doing what I fancy until May when the 10k training starts, hoping to go sub 60 but its a RFL so is likely to be busy.

Think one if my fellow sweatshop runners is signing up for Chippenham HM, though he is super speedy so won't be running with him

Waves at everyone else, have a great day
23/04/2013 at 19:30
Hi all

Feeling really tired after Sundays efforts.Physically and mentally but ha the most fantastic day.As some of you know it was my 50th birthday the day before the marathon so went ou to a nice Italian restaurant with my family,my twin sister and her children.Had a great evening but half my mind was of course on the marathon!

Awoke early on Sunday.Slept ok and a mixture of nervousness and excitement.Fire alarm went of at 6.30am,so all had to go down to the car park.Not ideal preparation as didnt know how long before we could go back to our rooms.3 firemen arrived and soon said it was ok.Think someone had burnt the toast for breakfast!

OH escorted me to the station and soon I was off to Greenwich Park with what seemed like a complete train load of runners.Everyone looked really excited.First got in the queue for the loo,always feel more relaxed once that's out the way!
then really just tried to soak up the atmosphere and hoped that the nice sunny but cool morning wouldn't get too warm.Found my baggage bus,met up with a local estate agent from my town who was also running for VICTA and was asked to help a couple of runners get their camel costume on which was great fun!

Started from the red start which I think everyone does unless you're an elite or celebrity.The start seemed miles away but got chatting with a few people and shuffled forward.Took about 30 mins before I went over the start line.

tried to keep between 11 and 12 minute miles as I knew this pace felt comfortable.Was really crowded though.Was difficult to keep a steady pace with people so close.Had a scary moment at first water stop.Someone threw their bottle
against the kerb so it rebounded and I stepped directly on it.Could've easily have slipped up there.Made a very conscious effort to look out for bottles after that.Parts of the course very busy.Seemed to be overtaking a lot of people so maybe should've started nearer the front of Pen 9.

Running past The Cutty Sark was a highlight as one of the familiar landmarks.Lots of noise everywhere,people shouting my name etcFelt really great.Just hoped I would be still feeling ok later!Saw my family at mile 12,had some nice hugs then off again.Had a lovely moment when ran around the corner and there was Tower Bridge.Wow,the noise here was deafening!Remembered what Martin Yelling had said at the Expo that 13 miles should feel really easy.Was at half way in about 2:35 so was happ with that.

From mile 15 it started to feel not so comfortable.The sun was right in my eyes and felt like it was getting warmer.Then my caffeine Shot Blocks whic I was saving for 18+ miles fell out of my gel belt.I didn't know what had happened until I tried looking for them but then remembered something fell earlier.Wa worried as was starting to need a bit of a pep up.Then started worrying that I needed the loo bu saw some loo queues and just knew it would take at least 5 minutes so thought I would hang on and try to put the lack of caffiene shot blocks and toilet ou of my mind.Was tough though and Garmin started giving false readings around Canary Wharf because of all the high rise buildings.So many people walking,had very brief 10 secs walks but that was all.Still felt fairly strong and tried to keep positive.

20 miles was a great boost,just a 10k left!Legs feeling heavy and tired,needed extra 10 sec walks but felt so determined to make VLM a good PB so head down,really loved the shouts from the crowd and knew I would see my family again between miles 22 to 23.Had an idea that I wouldn't stop running until I had seen them,I didn't want them to see me walking a step!So kept on running,kept to the right side as that was what we had arranged so loads of shouts from the really enthusiastic crowd.Where were they??Finally saw them when my Garmin was reading 23.34 miles!
Edited: 23/04/2013 at 19:31
23/04/2013 at 19:45
Had some nice sweaty hugs again,said see you soon but then
had to run about half a mile before saw the 23 mile marker so that was quite demoralising as I didn't realise my Garmin was so far out!I think it was due to all the swerving around people.

The last 3 + miles were really hard but very exciting.I knew I could get a fairly good PB but didn't want to get too excited and have my legs turn to jelly!Kept looking out for Buckingham Palace,phew where is a palace when you need one!!Finally into the Mall.The last stretch I really wanted to enjoy but the finish seemed to be moving away from me or so it seemed!Felt great to finish,a mixture of relief,exhaustion and sadness that it was over.Time was 5 hrs17mins38secs so pb of over 11 mins.Total miles covered was 26.64 at average pace 11.54 so really pleased.Amazing day really for all the family too which was great!

Took my medal into the engravers today as it felt really special!Raised nearly ??1500 for my charity too.Fantastic day.
Edited: 23/04/2013 at 19:51
23/04/2013 at 20:48

What a great race report susiebe 1 ....some people should learn to turn the toaster down though eh ....not sure if i would of handled that well not knowing how long it would be before getting back into hotel...

Your 50th birthday will always be special eh....

Well done on your pb to

24/04/2013 at 04:16

susie loved the report sounds like you had a great time

24/04/2013 at 06:50
Fab race report Susie - sounds an amazing experience. This race report has altered my mind back to let's give it ago, but going to get a least another HM under my belt before I think seriously about it
24/04/2013 at 10:55

Damn - posted a lovely long post, then lost it  having fun with my shiny new computer (not)

Short version - great race report Susie, and great pace overall as well 

Good running from everyone else as well - loving the lighter evenings and better weather!

Chippenham HM in September for me, CW, and either Cricklade or Swindon in October.

Looking for shorter (faster!) races now - found a local 10K on a Wed evening in June, the River Run 5K in July (Mel - sharpening my elbows and practicing my sprint starts for that one!)

Finally made it out for my first post-marathon run this morning. Meant to take it slowly, but after sprinting past the bin men, decided to just run fast as a change. felt good!! 4.08M in 40:20 - faster than I've run for weeks and weeks!

24/04/2013 at 22:01
Evening
What a wonderful report Susie, so evocative. Sounds like an amazing experience for you. Well done again.
Speedwork tonight with running club and Jess
Not really in the mood but glad I went. 5x3 min fast: 9.37, 9.18, 9.29, 9.44, 9.34, so pretty pleased. Still a long way to go tho...
Nice to see (the back of )Jess.
55.15apr
25/04/2013 at 10:50

Great Effort Susie. Sounds like you had a blast

25/04/2013 at 12:59
One of my work friends did Brighton and London - at work she looked amazing didn't look as if she had any stiffness or aches grrrr lol
No usual bridge run for me tonight, off to the O2 to see Pink, be back on it Saturday morning x
25/04/2013 at 13:59

dee enjoy pink ....i got guilt ridden into getting russel howard tickets for next march for my daughter...

25/04/2013 at 20:01
Hi all

recovering well though have felt really tired.I think the adrenaline keeps you going then a day or two later there is a massive slump especially with all the excitement build up to the marathon and my bday!

However much at times it hurt on Sunday I love the challenge of marathons and so I have made up my mind to do 10 marathons before I hang up my shoes!I have done 4 so another 6!Daft or what!I always like a challenge and something to aim for.

Need to enter a few races,have a local 10k earmarked for June,Swindon HM in Oct and I've seen a 10 mile race in Devon in Nov.Will enter the ballot on Monday for London next year but if not successful will look at doing another marathon next Spring.

Havent run since Sunday but will try a few miles on Saturday and will get back to Park run bu probably not this week!

Typing on I pad so sorry about some missing letters on my race report.
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