Camaraderie Rules ;o)
Need to split this into two posts, hope no-one gets in between!
As I’m so easy to get side-tracked, thought I’d do this off line and paste in! If I start reading posts before I do this, it’ll never happen
It was great meeting so many at the weekend, putting faces to names. The Padarn on a Saturday night is the place to go. I never realised how hard Karaoke is! ‘ Sweet Dreams (are made of this)’ seemed appropriate.
Rou, that was some performance, you looked so in control the whole race.
Jason, sub 3 next year?
Some excellent running out there. A bit of ascent, a few puffs of wind, and a light misting seems to suit the majority…….
For me I had a plan, mentioned a few pages ago of taking it steady up the first hill, let gravity have it’s fun going down the other side, keep a good pace going to Bethgelert, keep the same effort level on the way up to Rydd and see how it’s going there.
Started off and for once in my life I actually stuck to the plan. I was slower up the hill than last year and it showed later on in the race. TR39 and I chatted about the world around us and soon we were at the top of the hill. I’m sure it was longer last year. Flew down the other side elated at how fresh and strong I felt (Ok, so it’s still 21 miles and change to go, still felt good though). On the way down the track I had short issues and had to slow to re-tie them. The gels were pulling them down. Not a sight those behind would want to see. Caught back up with TR39 and back we were enjoying the world. Hit the road at 8 miles and we both took a gel.
I think I get bored on flat/almost flat surfaces. Between hitting the road and Bethgelert I kept playing about with my stride, lengthening, shortening, quickening, slowing. My legs felt like they needed a stretch. Maybe it’s because I do most of my running off road? They’re just not used to keeping a constant stride length/cadence. As I left Bethgelert heading up the hill I turned around, jogging backwards to look at the runners behind and see if I could see TR39 as I’d gone ahead on one of my leg stretchers but couldn’t see him. As I still didn’t believe I could keep going as well as I was I knew he’d be overtaking me soon so turned back and trundled off. I did let the pace slow but kept the same effort level, just thinking that I’d keep it up as long as possible. Again this hill didn’t seem as long or as steep as it had last year. I started to think that all the hill work I’d put in this year had actually made a difference.
amount of ascent. I had stated before I was going to run up this hill, no walking allowed. Pleased to say I managed it, even though one lady did walk past me…..
Got to the end of the tarmac at 24m, looked at my watch and realised that not only was I going to go sub 4, it was going to be sub 3:50! This filled me with so much positive energy I could have run up that hill again. With every step through the race I had felt stronger & stronger. Off across the mud, stones, grass. Side winds that had you leaning 30 degrees into them, nothing was going to slow me down. Until I hit the tarmac the other side. There’s a photo of me on the site Britnick linked to (308) taken just as I hit the tarmac. The grimace on my face at that point was my muscles suggesting that flying down mud is fun, doing the same on tarmac with fatigued legs is not. We had a little discussion and I won. It now wasn’t just a case of sub 3:50, but how much. Sped up even more and was just so elated as I came into town. Accelerated to the finish line, looked at my watch. And stared at it for what seemed like hours. 3:47:21. Couldn’t believe it. Thought my training had gone to pot and I had no chance over distance. Glad I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Stayed around the finish area as I thought TR39 must be close. Within a few seconds he came storming down the high street and over the finish. We were both so happy for each to go so far sub 4 as we’d both had confidence issues going into the race. All throughout the summer TR39’s and my training was as near as damn it identical, and we finished within a couple of minutes of each other. Perhaps we should have had more belief in our ability?
Mrs TR39 took a few pictures and as I was starting to cool down I headed off back to the hotel. For only the second time in my running life (The first was my first race) I got a bit emotional on the way, you know that absolute happiness where a tear forms in your eye, a lump appears in your throat and you just want to leap around hugging everyone.
As the race rating says – Will you do this race again?
My answer. Do you need to ask?
08:48 08:51 09:20 09:55 09:02 06:42 07:07 07:35 08:03 07:53 08:08 07:59 07:54 09:28 09:46 08:43 07:58 08:28 08:11 08:10 08:07 09:21 12:25 11:37 08:58 07:17 01:37
And for Stuart - 2,485 feet ascent, 2,533 descent according to mapping software.
301st to cross the start, 304th to cross the finish
Sub 3:30 next year? I did take over half an hour off last year’s time….
Ian H - we'll decide for you: you loved the race. No other marathon has such drama or presence.
Liked that report, Chimney. I suppose it could be worse - at least you haven't called yourself Chimney Pot. Lol.
I'm afraid I can't keep up an endless stream of ridiculous, but true, stories. Besides you lot are rapidly catching up.
I was intending to have some escapades on Crib Goch but in the end, although I had the time and the weather was reasonable, I decided against it. I felt I had done enough for one weekend.
"It's like the Marie Celeste in here."
Barman, Vaynol Arms
Legs feel OK now. I’m still on a bit of a high after Saturday. I have had a lot of messages from other runners, which I have been made up with.
Thank you Gobi
Yep, the Waunfawr climb was pretty horrific, but, as of course you know, you have to respect the marathon and if you haven't done the training it can really come back and bite you back!! I am hoping with a bigger mileage in 2012 including some longer (& slower!)/timewise runs I would run the last 5miles a lot stronger (something which Iain R has discussed with me - he said I would probably have had the lowest weekly mileage of any other runner in the top 20 - Iain probably does double my mleage!!)
As I've said before I was sorry that you could not approach this marathon 100% and give it your best shot - I recall you saying before that, having done it as part of the triple, in 2006 you wanted to come back and do it justice - it is a shame that you haven't had that oppotunity
Yep - weather day before/after was, pretty much ideal!! Since you did it back in 2006 the weather has been "interesting/challenging" each year - I keep on saying that we are due a nice one next year. I thnk the weather conditons were a lot worse for the fantastic spectators marshalls etc than the runners. That said I would like a drier one - it would make the descent into Llanberis a lot quicker.
I briefly spoke to you after you finished and got out of the finish area, but you were shooting off to get dry/warm (I was in my hi viz orange running jacket)
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