My photos confirm that I looked as rough as I felt.
A top tip for those who suffered with queueing for bags at the end - be slower. By the time I reached my trailer there were hardly any bags left and mine was easy to find.
My current plans:
Get fit (I'd barely trained enough for a 5k, let alone a marathon)
Get back into Parkruns as an incentive to get fitter and faster
Sodbury Slog in November, because I've done it every year since 2006, and because it toughens me up so that I can laugh at 'floods' like we experienced on Sunday. If you can keep your head above the waterline, it's not deep!
I think mark is correct. The twisty-ness of the course is a bigger factor than any inclines.
I deliberately did not run full pace in order to fight another day. I shall concentrate on speedier stuff now like 5 miles or so races through the summer. Maybe a bit of track work too. I don't think there are many road marathons on offer now until the autumn. I shall probably aim for the Leicester Marathon in October.
BTW, I think entries open for the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon today. This has to be one of the fastest halfs in the country (and an excellent race to boot). It's on my list
Best Wishes all
what happened at Manchester...?
I wish I had stretched afterwards - my ITBs are killing - just wanted to go home to a warm bath...
Plan t o do a gentle 5 on Saturday then I am doing the Round MK relay on the 20th (first leg - 10miles) then the Boulder Dash in Jume - http://www.theboulderdash.com/index.html
worth a look if you are localish - 8mile route looks the most fun...
I got my first Marathon done on Sunday! I'm a little disappointed with my time, but given the brutal conditions I'm not too disheartened.
Like most, I thought the marshalling and supporters were excellent. I was lucky to get an email on Friday upgrading my parking to be able to park at the stadium so I didn't have to suffer the baggage truck, but I do agree with most of the other points about the organisation around the stadium. Finish was slightly underwhelming with no arch, not too bothered about the poor goody bag - it's not why I ran!
Would I do it again? If I don't get in London next year, then probably.
I'll definitely be looking to do another marathon next spring, not sure I can face the four months training again this year to do one in autumn. I plan on using all the training I've done to improve PBs on shorter distances over this summer.
Liam68 wrote (see)
what happened at Manchester...? I wish I had stretched afterwards - my ITBs are killing - just wanted to go home to a warm bath...Plan t o do a gentle 5 on Saturday then I am doing the Round MK relay on the 20th (first leg - 10miles) then the Boulder Dash in Jume - http://www.theboulderdash.com/index.htmlworth a look if you are localish - 8mile route looks the most fun...
First leg of the relay? I've got the course record for that (bighead ) from last year. Who are you running for? I run for Leighton Buzzard AC, but coming back from a track meeting in Newquay on that day this year.
I fear the rcord could go though - a very talented lad called Rob who is coming back to fitness is running it. Anyways - good luck - remember to turn left when you reach the canal
Didn;t run this Sunday but can imagine what it was like. The half marathon in March was the coldest/ wettest race i have ever run and it snowed just after I finished.
I imagine the conditions were similar for this so a shame they didn;t take account of that and tried to make sure people got bags back quickly at the end. However it is the first time so will learn lessons.
MarkD: Thanks. You have my complete respect, how you ran marathons in 3 weeks (and all in good times) I will never know. My legs are completely destroyed after Sunday. Walking is a slow and painful process, and I don't imagine i will be back for the lightest of runs this week.
Going back to the organisation, I think the far worse reports coming out of Manchester & cancellation at Shakespeare reflects pretty well on MK. Certainly improvements to be made, especially pre & post race, no doubt much will have be learned. I will run London whilst i can get in, but would absolutely give this another go.
I think we are the Open University vets team. Rosemary Muston is organising - there's another lady + DFH. I've been called in as the usual organiser is injured & I guess I am expected to be able to run 10miles. I gather we may have a chance of winning the age related prize...
Hi Simon I think we are the Open University vets team. Rosemary Muston is organising - there's another lady + DFH. I've been called in as the usual organiser is injured & I guess I am expected to be able to run 10miles. I gather we may have a chance of winning the age related prize...
Well have a good one - Leg 1 is a nice run - although on the canal you think you are coming to the right bridge and its alwayds the next one.
Hope the legs have recovered!
The BBC article on it has a picture of Alun on the front
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