Llanelli, so-called 'Great Welsh' (but we know there's only one of those), marathon.
While everyone was pounding along London's streets to see if they were paved with gold I was traipsing up and down the coast path in the Millennium Coast Park, Llanelli, down at heel.
Timing was a bit tight and arrived only about 10 mins before the start but OK here since you can park only 50m from the start/finish line.
A bit arbitrary but I thought I'd set out at 8:45 miling which would lead to a 3:49 finish. This seemed reasonable and indeed it was for the first 17 miles. I was even trying to help one or two first-time marathoners with their pacing. But after mile 17 I was losing 15s a mile and at mile 21 I had to dive into the Discovery Centre to use the gents. The queues for the loos at the start were so long I would have missed the start but 21 miles was just about as far as I could go before the onset of some dreadful internal injury.
Coming out I was feeling light-headed and could see fluorescent yellow borders around everything, the familiar sign of hypoglycaemia. I was walling, unusual for me.
Fortunately I was carrying a bar and soon felt a bit better but had to walk and run the next four miles which was somewhat embarrassing. One of the first-time marathoners was rapidly catching up with me. At the 25-mile marker I managed to get going again and had a strong finish, but a disappointing 4:02 time.
An enjoyable, low-key event though which I can recommend as a London replacement. It's a two-lap marathon with each lap consisting of two 'out-and-backs' along the coast path, mostly tarmac. Plenty of opportunities to assess how well you're doing relative to other people, and very flat.
I suppose I hadn't recovered from the 39-miler in which I'd really pushed myself only a week before.
Lesson: never underestimate 26.2 miles! It's a cunning distance that will catch out the unwary or unprepared, however much experience you might have.
Next up is a little 100-miler along the Thames Path in less than three weeks. Better start some training.
Chrissi, hope things get better for you. Found myself that this running thing is all about compromises. Had loads of issues with mine and Mrs IF's parents over the past few years. Can only do so much and something has to give - with me it's usually the running.
Well done London runners and runners in other races. Mrs IF had a strange day out at the Sheffield Half the other week as one of the rebel runners - I went to spectate and ended up buying several carrier bags full of bottled water to hand out. Very weird experience. Felt so sorry for everybody.
Anybody done the Edale MRT nine edges event? Entered it for for this year as kind of a prep for SNOD.
TRex- well done on #91 in my back yard
IF- well done with the water- what a shambles....
TRex - well done
Koiboy - TMW is brillianr but tough. Mainly good forestry tracks but some narrower footpaths and more technical parts (tree rooty rocky bits). Your either going up hill or down hill to various degrees no flat really and an absolute killer of a climb right at the end thats 1.5 - 2 miles long before the final 1/2ish mile downhill to the finish. There was a profile on the website but there have been a few changes to the route this year because of storm damage but i don't think the diversions have made it easier and they aren't huge ones from what i've seen so far. Not much spectators but the feed stations are well stocked water/Torq drink and gels, bananas and 9 bars last year and it's really really well marked so no navigation needed at all. I think you've done Race the Train haven't you? The TMW half is a harder route than Race the Train at least i think so and i run on the Coed y Brenin trails all the time.
Chrissi - Thank you. Brilliant description, just what i wanted.Although maybe should have turned up and found out it really hilly rather than have nightmares for next couple of months.Never done RTT although on to do list. Any excuse to come to Snowdonia. Making a week of it in June. looking forward to exploring Anglesey..
Hopefully will have a head start for SNOD itself after TMW. Maybe in with a chance of that elusive (for me anyway)sub 4.
T-Rex - will look out for you on Thames path.Can quite often.be found running along the thames.
Run Jono - Like you I enjoyed watching the whole London experience,having ran it twice I think I prefer the watching to the whole intensity of running the event,after having a Brer type experience with my accommodation one year T-Rexs alternative sounds to me a much more appealing and calmer experience.
Brer - Congratulations on even starting,never mind finishing Londion ! Well done Jason too !
I.F - Well done in Sheffield,heard people like yourself saved the day,using good old fashioned common sense
Chrissi - Some very sensible decisions made there under the circumstances,and you may find by not having too busy a running schedule you might get the enjoyment of long runs back in time for Snod.
10k race for me in the morning,a while since I ve done 1 of those,long run to follow on saturday.
Anybody done the Dukeries ultra in Nottingham,I m thinking of doing it as a 1st 26.2 + event.
Well done T Rex - onwards and upwards (or perhaps flatwards next to the Thames)
Nice work IF - at least some people kept their heads and did something sensible.
Off to Northamptonshire again early tomorrow morning for another run around another reservoir...
Good luck to anyone else running this weekend.
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