Good luck to all doing Chester. Hope everything goes to plan.
JMC - Todays ride has completely wiped me out so I wont be joining you tomorrow. If you do go, stay off the course! Found this on the Chester marathon website....
Cycling on the courseCycling on the course is not permitted. Cycling to support or accompany a runner is against UK Athletics rules and can lead to the disqualification of the runner.
I wouldn't like to be anywhere near NI in the event of having his £750 cheque confiscated. I don't think it would go down too well.
TB - The hip's not too bad, having physio on it. Although the other problem is now sorted I think it's going to take a little longer than I anticipated to get back running. Really enjoying cycling though so am happy enough.
SARQ - Did you get your X-ray results yesterday? I hope you got some answers as to what the problem is.
Ooh, horse gags! Erm....... hopefully no-one will have a bad fall, have to be shot then taken to the glue factory!
FOAR/Jonah8--Thanks for the run earlier. Felt snotty and heavy-legged. 2 weeks to get rid of it! It will be alright on the night!
NI - no drink for me after. Off to watch wrestling at the Stockport Guild Hall in the afternoon!
Good luck to everyone running tomorrow. It looks like perfect conditions for a marathon. Any idea why most on here were a few minutes slower in the second half last year?
NI - sorry but I can't hang around for a drink. I will quietly toast your victory at home later!
Good luck tomorrow all racers.
Unlucky NI - I know how much effort you've put in to your training with everything geared towards going for the win at Chester. You'd have won it today too, looking at the winning time. You'll be back stronger for sure.
I ran the perfect race today. The intention was to run with VL and see if we could go sub 2.50. It was all going to plan until VL had to drop out after about 1.5 miles. Sorry you had to drop out VL but you did well to get to the start line - much better to drop out then than to have pushed yourself too much and done some serious damage.
I got my pace to its required 6.25 and felt great, having to hold myself back from going quicker. I never had one bad moment and at 22 miles I was still on 6.25/6.26 pace. Unfortunately the last 3 miles with the hills meant I put in 3 x 6.40s and so I came in just over 2.50 (incidentally, my average pace came in at 6.29. I thought that a sub 6.30 average would get me a sub 2.50, obviously not.). Still, that hasn't taken the gloss off my performance one bit. I surprised myself with my strong run despite being nearly 1/2 stone heavier than my last 3 marathon efforts.
The icing on the cake was seeing JMC in the finishing straight. We both knew that I had obliterated his time from last year - happy days!
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