Oh go on then......
Hi Guys, A picture of me at the end ( surprisingly "ok") ......hope to see you next year. ( you will know what I look like )
Looking back at my time I got a half marathon PB too - 1:33:43
My previous half marathon best was 1:40 but that was only in training.
I think that's my next race, anyone know any good HM's in the south over the next few months?
Sarah - great to hear from you and glad you had a good run. Do next years ! it's a whole year away, plenty of time to give to the family my mrs has even decided to give it a go after seeing what is was like the other day. Go on you know you want to and plenty of people you know already on the 2013 thread.
Heisenberg - Seaford half 3rd June is nice, mostly off road. Maybe not one for smashing PB's but very scenic.
I've not posted in here before but have been reading lots in the run up (and aftermath!) on the race on Sunday.
OH & I ran Brighton for the second time on Sunday. Last year we crossed the line together in 5:16:29 and we were both hoping to smash this time this year... but it didn't turn out that way!
I still managed a PB at 5:15:20 but OH struggled from Mile 16 and we parted ways at Mile 18. He continued to finish in 5:37:38 which I think he was pretty disappointed with. It's our own fault - we were pretty lax with our training this year, which I feel both a bit ashamed about and regretful. After an 8 min loo stop and having slowed my pace right down from Mile 13 to 18 to stay with OH, I reckon I could have done a sub-5h time yesterday.With more training, it could have been a walk in the park. I was gushing after the marathon last year (my first) but not so much this year... yesterday I swore I'd give the marathon distance a bit of a break but the more I think about the potential for a sub 5hr time, the more I want it!! Might look into marathons closer to home (we live about 15 miles south of Birmingham). It's the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford at the end of the month so may go and spectate that one (armed with as many cut up oranges as I can carry! The woman around Mile 24 who gave me an orange segment just about made my day) and check it out as a potential race.
Thank you all - runners, spectators and volunteers who made the marathon so special. Brighton will have a special placed reserved in my heart always. And who knows... maybe I'll enter the ballot and let fate decide whether I should return next year! (And also... secretly hoping I win one of the 20 prize draw entries into the Chester marathon I entered at the Expo!).
Stig - Seaford sounds good. I'd like to try a bit more off-road running.
well still here in Brighton weather this morning was terrible rain lash down the sea was really rough glad we ran Sunday fortunately it blew over so went for a walk we started at the 26 mile mark an ended up at the turn around point on the road to hell my goodness it seemed along way
Must say we weren’t looking forward to walking back but as we had stopped in the cafe the lady behind the counter told us how to get out at that end of the road by going over 2 lock gates and we caught the bus back (note to self remember that for Brighton 2013)
will have to wait until Friday when i get paid before me or the wife can use are Exbo codes to enter
Some unbelievable times posted on Sunday, I've enjoyed reading them all! Stig - nice meeting you, although wasn't in the best of circumstances for either of us! still, we made it to the end in just about one piece!
Spen/Toby - apologies I didn't make the meet on sunday morning at the baggage trucks. I got delayed getting to the park as I followed a group of people I assumed knew the way, but they didn't so didn't get to the park til around 8.40ish.
I started a little too fast in my haste to try and catch the sub 4 hour pacers. Realised my mistake about 3 miles in and slowed down a bit and decided to rein them in a bit more slowly. Finally caught them by mile 10 (would have been slightly sooner but for a toilet stop at mile 6 (can't believe it given how many times I went before the race!!!).
Ran with the pacer til just after mile 16, when I had cramp in my right calf. At that point, once I got going again I kind of chucked it a bit mentally, which was really silly, but hey ho. Got it going again, but at mile 20, my left hamstring really tightened and began cramping. The last 6 miles were a mix of hobbling and running slowly, finally crossing the line in 4:13:14. As said before, a pb of 23 mins, but I can't help feeling a little disappointed by how i let the cramping affect me mentally.
Still, I have Belfast marathon in 3 weeks, and Edinburgh 3 weeks after that. I'm thinking for Belfast, I'm going to relax and not worry too much about a sub 4. Think I'll head off at 9.30/mile pace for the first 16, then ramp it up a bit if i can. that should see me get another pb, but unlikely a sub 4. then for edinburgh, i'll see how i feel again, but with that being "the fastest marathon in the uk" I fancy having a go at it.
Despite having these marathons coming up, i am still suffering from the blues a bit today - I really loved Brighton, loved the marathon route, and I have really really enjoyed chatting with you all on here, and sharing stories etc. Your advice, encouragement and inspiration really got me through the training and marathon this year, and for that I thank you all - this has been a fantastic thread. Thank you all!
I'm probably going to give 2013 a miss marathon wise, and devote some time to my lovely wife and family who've supported me this year through all the training. But I'm definitely going to be back for 2014 - i can't speak highly enough of this marathon and its organisation so if anyone from the Brighton Marathon organisation team is reading this a MASSIVE thank you!
I'll probably dip into the 2013 thread to read jealously about how well you are all doing!
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