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07/10/2012 at 19:38

Spence, what do you mean when you say that you can't 'dig deep'? When I read that, I thought that you had given up, the fact that you finished tends to prove you wrong.

A huge 'well done' to XB and Daffers too .

We have booked a cattery for Alfie when we are both away later this month. Our neighbour would look after him with pleasure but I want to see how he does with a short stay before we consider it for a longer period. This place has only been open for 14 weeks but we really liked the place and the woman who runs it.

07/10/2012 at 19:44

**slaps spence**

HELLO you have just COMPLETED a marathon, yes 26 and a bit miles, the fact that you completed it shows you have got balls.



here have a baileys, you've earned it

07/10/2012 at 19:55

Thanks all.

Sorry to be a moaning Myrtle I'm just very disappointed in myself, I'd trained hard for a sub 5 but just couldn't produce it, in fact today was a PW !!

Several times I thought about just sitting on the curb and waiting for Daffs that seemed to be a much more cheery thought !

oh and my knee hurt like f*&k I took pain killers and spoke to a St John's person but they wanted me to fill out a form before they'd give me anything  felt like telling them where to shove their form!!

07/10/2012 at 19:57

Well done the WAISTERS . answered Spence on her face book post . Silly girl you finished the bloody thing .
Still don't know about daffs as had no number so will someone wenlighten me please

I only did 6.5k this morning which is a long way from 42k 

07/10/2012 at 19:59

I did 0 which is a lot less!

Right up early tomorrow mornign for a plod, then a difficult meeting on a monday morning, not a great start to the week.

Tea and homeland then off to bed

07/10/2012 at 20:08



M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 20:10

I do understand the disappointment ... we probably have all fallen short of a goal but its how you deal with it that is the key to the next one

I ran 4 miles and my foot didnt fall off

We did do proper mountian biking on Saturday with hills and steps and drops and rollercoasters and everything !

07/10/2012 at 20:14

Sorry I'll shut up now

M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 20:17

You are so bloody high maintenance 

07/10/2012 at 20:22


DL wrote (see)

 We were last - it's very liberating being last - actually enjoyed it. 

I'm bearing that in mind this evening DL!  

M...eldy wrote (see)

I'veheard from Daffs and she cant wait for the next one and wants a list of options by the time she gets back here 

Meldy you need a slap

Spence, I did see you in the car, although I didn't recognise you, was completely f*cked by that point! You would have had a VERY long wait if you'd have sat on a kerb waiting for us

Short version of my day is:

went off too fast

broke several PBs in the first half  

Finally told the sweep bus to f*ck off at about 18 miles 

Came last 

Home now, with tea and waiting for bath water to heat up. Will write a longer report cos I'm sure you've all been waiting months to hear about the fiasco that was Daffy's First (and definitely last) Marathon

M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 20:30


You'll be back Daffs ... you've got years left in you yet !!

07/10/2012 at 20:34
Well done Daffs

I guess I'm going to have to do it next year.
I'm going to get a sub 5 if it kills me.
M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 20:35

It'll kill the rest of us first ,,, and you have to do next year as I know its J's birthday !!!

07/10/2012 at 20:42


Clearly not done all the training I should have done. Longest run 18 miles (in 4 hours), 4 weeks before the race, then 8 miles 2 weeks before, then, er, nothing... 

Slept in same room as sister, hysteria setting in, stayed awake til about midnight. 

Started at the back, rather giddy, and stayed there. Sweep bus about 6ft behind us, even though we were going stupidly fast (would have finished in about 5 hours if we'd kept up that pace!)  VERY unnerving, and made us go rather faster than we would have done. Eventually cheery cycling guy told them to keep their distance (although they kept creeping up on us)

5k in about 36 mins - my PB is 36.12. Oops. 10k in 1 hr 12 - 30 mins faster than my PB. Oops. At several points we were going about 11.15 min miles! 

10 miles in 2 hrs 10 - never run that fast in my life...  Sweep bus still hovering, not quite the peaceful countryside I'd imagined!

Started to flag a little (inevitably!) and wondered how we'd manage to finish. Sister struggling (she mangled her pelvis having 3 children in 4 years, and it hasn't quite recovered...). We battled on. Two cheery cycling sweeper types kept an eye on us, and jollied us along 

Saw Spence coming the other way (we were about 12 miles, her 15). Amazed we saw her, the paths only crossed for about 100m!

Hit half way in 3.56, having slowed down rather a lot. Still relatively chirpy though! Sister swaying slightly and cursing all and sundry. I mentioned the bus option, slightly alarmed at her being dizzy, but she kept muttering about wanting her damn shiny medal... 

16 miles and I was proper struggling  We kept trying to stop for a quick sit down, but marshalls and bike people kept jollying us along, and sweep bus was just behind. Would have been much better for a rest, and eventually we did it anyway  Felt much better, and carried on with renewed vigour. 


07/10/2012 at 20:54

About 18 miles, the guy got out of the sweep bus and asked if we wanted a drink. We said no, but told him to go on if he wanted (and quit snapping at our heels!) He gave us a map, radioed in to say we'd go it alone, and drove off. 

Finally alone, we sat down in the shade and had a picnic It was SO bloody hot, SO hot, in OCTOBER for goodness sake. Felt rather better for a lie down and a good stretch and a flapjack  

Cycling guys found us again just as we got up. They were SO lovely Kept cycling off, and coming back to find us every 20 mins or so, encouraging but not too intrusive, very lovely  

19 miles and someone gave us a bloody giant hi-vis vest that we had to wear  Cycling guys told us the mayor was waiting for us 

20 miles, and I'd completely had enough, and felt proper , but Lorraine realised we only had 6 miles to go, and got all excitable. Couldn't stop her running, and could barely keep up. I honestly would have given up at that point, but she was having none of it - having a stubborn younger sister is an advantage sometimes! I wouldn't have managed that last 6 miles without her (although I felt like slapping her at the time)

Saw mum at 22 miles, that spurred us on a while, told us Lorraine's 3 young sons were waiting by the river. Got to a hill up to the river, and she just motored off. No way I could keep up. We had a cycling escort each by this point Felt like my body was just sinking into my hips, which were about to disintigrate. 

Turned into the racecourse - mum's car sat in the middle all on its own Only about 4 people left at the end with race bags (family all elsewhere), but Lorraine was like some kind of overexcitable demon and whipped them all into a frenzy as I got there, by now with 3 cycling escorts all to myself

Got my shiny medal, kissed all the cycling guys  then collapsed in a heap on the floor  

Lorraine's 3 boys turned up, shouting 'we ran SO far today mummy!' 'how about a race over there Auntie Daffs!' (er, no thanks dude). 

Finally got on the train, waved my medal around until someone gave me a seat, and am now home, trying to stay awake for long enough for the bath water to heat up

07/10/2012 at 21:01

Some things I learned today... 

  • Lorraine is FAR more stubborn than me (I knew that, but not quite how much!). She didn't run more than 15 miles in training, and ran only 8 miles, once, in the last 6 weeks. 
  • Some more training may not have gone amiss
  • Someone needs to invent something thirst-quenching that doesn't slosh round in your stomach
  • Names on race t shirts are cheerful
  • Much as I love being last, one day I'd like to finish ONE race somewhere invisible in the middle of the pack, and not have my name radioed in with a sense of relief every mile 
  • I shan't be doing a marathon EVER AGAIN, no matter what Meldy says. 
  • My sister is insane - she's already told everyone we're doing it again next year 
Er, that's it. Sorry, I just cannot be witty or make anything funny out of this whole fiasco, you've just got it how it is! I'm exhausted, I feel like my hips are disintegrating, and I have NO idea how I'm going to get on a train to London at 6.30am tomorrow, no idea at all.   I can't say I enjoyed it! After the first couple of miles it didn't have any of the silliness of the half marathon as we were both rather grumpy! I don't like feeling pressured, or like I'm holding people up - that's why the half was nice as there was a full one at the same time, so people weren't waiting for us, but today with the sweep bus so close (even when we were going faster than 6 hour pace, which they were meant to be maintaining), it really threw me and made me feel quite stressed  Such a relief when it finally left us behind!   Right now I feel like I never want to run again  
M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 21:03

Awesome Daffs!!!

M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 21:04

Bloody picnic ... what are you like!

07/10/2012 at 21:07
Daffs, you bloody did it well done

Meldy, have you hacked my friggin account again!!!!?
M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 21:08

Now what !!!

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