I have to say I found it really tough yesterday. It was my 7th marathon and I'd done more training than I had for the previous ones, including fell running and more long runs and speedwork and races etc. I was so close to stopping and walking at mile 18, I just felt like I'd completely run out of energy and my legs felt fatigued. Maybe it was the heat, I don't know, but I somehow managed to carry on, although at a slower pace.
I just managed a pb of 3hrs 38mins, so I can't complain. I threw up immediately after I'd crossed the line though, how embarrassing.
Well done everyone on your times! My legs are sore today, but not as bad as usual (yet). Got some sore chaffing though, ow!
My Garmin said 26.4 as well and also said I'd reached each mile just before the mile markers - could have just been the satellite, but dunno.
Cake!!! It was good to see you! Bloody hell, I found that really hard! Undulating???? I thought that first half was very hilly and phew it was HOT HOT HOT!!! Well, my first marathon over...very slow 5.07! I can't say I will be doing any more marathons after this...I am just sooo glad it's over!
I agree, it was nasty having to double back on the same route...soul destroying!!! The last 3 miles were horrendous for me, but I di manage a sprint(well, I felt like I was sprinting!!) finish! I was smiling like a cheshire cat when I crossed the finish! Delighted it's over, but I will be sticking to half maras now!
I feel proud though! I cam back from pneumonia 5 months ago and I bloody did it!! I know my Mom would have been proud too and that's what kept me going! !!!!
Well done everyone...some brilliant results!!!
Congratulations to everyone who completed that hilly, soul-destroying thing! That was my first marathon and next time I want something a little flatter and a bit more involving!
I got a PB!! Woohoo!!
I'll stop there. HMs sound good for a while.
That was the most painful 5 hours of my life.
But at least I did manage to have a chat to Cake. Poor bloke had nowhere to shove his choccy!!
2:15 for the first 13.1 and 2:46 for the second half.
Great effort everyone - it was pretty warm yesterday (and I only did the half!!)
I went to the Motivation Station at mile 19 to join in the cheering with the Marathon Talk team and got to have a chat with Liz Yelling.
Did the encouragement help? Hinder? Go unnoticed?
Really interested to know what you all think
At last a sub 4 marathon, 5 minutes of my previous PB despite running nearly a 1/3 of a mile longer then the official distance but who cares, even better the legs feel fantastic today.
Really enjoyed the course and felt the half marathon course is what a mass running events is all about, closed roads, adequate drink stations, countryside, and accesable parking in a major city centre. Plus those who have never done anything like this before a great way for people to experience an event like this. For those who thought the half was hilly have a go at Clumber in October and Clowne in December and then compare.
The marathon course though on you own for periods is flatter than amsterdam which helps, and if you get talking to fellow runners the miles soon tick off!
For once I a now able to enjoy the day, my time and not trail through my diary as to when I can do another one to get under that bloody 4 hour barrier! Happy Days!!!
well done to everyone what a day! i am really stuggling to walk today - very glad a booked the day off!! i got round in 5hr 48 and was so so happy! i had tried stratford in april and pulled out at 21 but somehow this time i just kept going it was amazing!!! i thought the guys at mile 19 were superb. the whole thing was in my opinion - nice small easy to carry water bottles no silly cups! it was great and i can now say i have done my marathon (never again!) congratualtions everyone xx
I also thought the motivation at mile 19 was FANTASTIC, really spurred me on! Whoever was on the loudspeaker there was fab, he must have called out every single person's name!! I felt very gratefull at that point...so thank you to all those supporters...and all the others along the route! X
Well done Maelca! And...YAY...we didn't get swept!!!!
Does anyone know if Jules did it? Haven't seen him on here for some time?
I was also looking out for Micknphil, does anyone know if they did it in the end?
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And...YAY...we didn't get swept!!!!
lol!! yes indeed! alothough some bus did come past me and a few motor bikes but i shooed them away lol!! you did a great time - must be pleased
i saw micknphil come past me at mile two.
well done tractorgirlsam i think thats great!! it was my first - ish too am i was nearer 6 hours!!
OMG! How come no-one told me about the hills???? After returning from a 16 week layoff due to injury injury and off the back of 12 weeks training I can honestly say this was the one of the hardest events I have ever done both phyiscally & mentally! It was too hot & too hilly....... at mile 11 though I was ringing wet with sweat I also was shivering and had goosepimples...... never a good sign! Thank you to the lovely girl who got me through the final 2 miles at a jog - I would have walked without her encouragement. How any of you marathoners set off on the second lap is beyond me - well done guys!
Mick & Phil - you chatted with one of my mates who was also haveing a 'mare on the half - she wouldn't have finished without your encouragement - thank you from her - you are a complete inspiration as ever! I just made it in under the 2 hours - a humbling experience which makes me realise just how amazing the human body/mind is.
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