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Blimey the race does not get any easier and with that cold rain against my back i could feel a slight pain in my lower back, nothing unpleasant but not having the opportunity to taper properly for this years race with almost three week 's inactivity since my fall it certainly showed in my overall condition.
I had four layers of clothing on and never began to sweat the entire race, i cannot remember the race being this chilly for many years.
Like last year, finishing in a very slow 5-25 i feel like i have not really done the race which is annoying.
I am definately going to be the first entrant for next years 30th race but certainly need to regain my overall fitness.
I still find it hard to believe i have gone over two hours quicker on the older more challenging course but i will be 50 next year and feeling it.
I should be happy with just getting around but all that training i did at 7-15 minute pace felt fine during training but three weeks total rest wrecked my overall conditioning.
I just shouldnot climb unstable ladders so close to a big marathon.
A few weeks rest and i am going to have another go at Rhyader 20 and see if i can do well in that race.
17 races under my belt and Iorwerth now has 28 now and really looking forward to next years 30th.
I'm not that brave *Frodo*
Thanks for the kind comments - relaxing now - had Indian takeawy with a couple of beers - X-factor soon with the kids!!
No comments re the weather Peter? One of the highlights for me today was meeting (and starting with) you!!
Well done Martin
Nobody in the club would believe me when i would tell them The Snowdon Marathon is not as hard as people make out.
With your excellent time of 3-14 it goes to show Arwel is the chap to get any one around if your fit and hungry.
Regarding that little steep muddy slope to that final gate at 25m , i used the grass path to its left which had not a single footprint on it and was just as quick and a lot safer aswell.
My time of 5-25 is not surprising when you think ive lost so much valuable training in the last three weeks and even up to then i didnot feel in any decent shape.
This was one of the hardest Snowdons i can remember, throughout the entire race i was running on instinct and strangely i was five minutes down on my training runs on the course.
When i ran from the start to Pen Y Pass i never failed to break 41minutes but i was way down today with my legs feeling tired from five miles onwards.
I suppose we cannot expect every marathon we do to be a painfree affair but today i was on autopilot and was glad to finish.
Atleast the weather remained traditionally unclement and the wind at Bwlch Y Groes is always an issue even in the summer.
All that was important was making sure i collected my 16th slate coaster and completing my 17 Snowdonia Marathon.
Thankfully Iorwerth finished aswell making it 29 Snowdon Marathons.
See you on Tuesday if you feel up for it.
Bore da/good morning - hope that all those staying over had a good night. Hope the legs aren't too bad - mine have stiffened up a bit - getting out of bed was a bit of a struggle. Not surprising given the pounding they took on the descent into Llanberis
I see the 2012 thread is up and running. I'll definately be back - the Snowdonia Marathon is the only marathon I will do every year. Hoping to a Spring Marathon (probably Blackpool for sentimental reasons) and I really fancy the Coed-y-Brenin trail marathon in June.
After yesterday I am going to try and put in some more miles/quality running ( think my biggest week was just over 40miles). If I can do that, hopefully I will run the last 6 miles much stronger next year - the chap I was running with from Beddgelert for about 5miles went on to run 2h45m (just finishing behind Jez Bragg) - he thanked me for pulling him up the Beddgelert drag. I tried to hold some back for the Waunfawr climb, but really struggled - nothing in the legs - walk/"jog" from 1/2 way up
Back in Rhyl now, what a great day! Some fantastic times, 3:50:11 for me 30 minutes quicker than last year!!
Well done to everyone, Panad, Chimney great running with you guys, and what a great night meeting up with T-Rex, Brit Nick, Jasond, Chimney, Niki, Andrea, Rou, Stuart and loads of others whose names I didn't get!! Thanks to you all for making Mrs TR39 feel so welcome we had a great night!!!
JD, JB, Rou absolutely awesome times amazing!!
Panad, Chimney we got our Snod sub 4s!! and smashed last years time!!!
Link to photos
Well done to everyone - the quick and the slow - in what were again dreadful conditions. And many thanks to the marshalls etc.
I finished in 4.13, scraping a pb for Snowdonia by 3 mins (only cos the wind was behind us on the stretch from Beddgelert).
Already got b&b booked for next year. Still hoping for decent weather, in the hope of enjoying the 'spectacular' scenery.
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