MM61 i felt slow ,and i think the course was a fraction,... 0.05 of a mile less,but conditions were wetter so am happy If you had been there we would have been quicker........
MM thats even better & strangely more odd as the coarse was tougher you was not so fit ,so i don't think i would have been quicker as like you i was fitter last yr so looks like you would have scalped me 0.05 is nothing,still on the settee here
glad you did not beat my time though
MM- well done on the mud fest- anyone else do it- NR, WA? Bit of mud for me too- copy and paste report:
Chester Marathon Race Report
Since I decided that i was going to go out at 2.45 pace instead of 2.48 pace, today was always going to be a bit of a gamble.....as it turned out the pace was over-ambitious. A soggy first half mile or so across the grass of the racecourse and the metal gridded entrance road- not good running surface, soggy cold feet, but soon over with and all was ok. Everything seemed fine for the first 12m, when my hamstrings seemed to tighten up. Thought this was strange for so early on, but thought they would loosen up in a bit- WRONG! Couldn't open my stride out for the rest of the race and was actually quicker relative to those around me going up the hills 9of which there were more than I remembered!). Tried going for a sprint finish back on the mud of the racecourse (really didn't need the mud at this stage!) and actually cried out as my hamstring gave me a reminder- for one horrible moment I thought i was going to have to pull up and hobble the last 200 metres over the line- but thankfully not! Still, not as badly burnt from my over ambitious pace as I could have been- finished in 2.49.20 (by me- haven't seen official time yet), a PB by 7mins 25 secs, so not too shabby Faily happy- and now I have a target for London Splits tell the sorry story- lol! : 6:06 6:11 6:16 6:16 6:15 6:12 6:16 6:14 6:16 6:19 6:19 6:18 6:26 6:23 6:23 6:35 6:41 6:39 6:31 6:33 6:35 6:46 6:56 6:42 6:47 6:34 1:49
Official time = 2.49.24 29th overall, 7th M40
JD thats a belter off a time no wonder your hammies were screaming
NR just seen the video weather looked bang on
NR- Thanks- glad you had a good one too
MM61- Cheers, but i don't get it with the hammies- at 12m when they started I was running less distance and slower pace than in LV Half. Just think it might have been the rolling course-?? No real hill until the last few miles, but lots of gentle upping and downing-??
MM61 - it was stunning in Margam today. Did 21.44 for 3.33 miles and got second lady. Pleased with how it went considering I did 20 miles yesterday.
JD - by the time a marathon comes round, we have all done so much training that it really is how it goes on the day. You did a fantastic time, even more so when you were in pain. Celebrations all round. Will have a glass of wine with you in Llanberis if I can keep awake!
JD cracking time, well done!!! as for the hamstrings is it really possible to have a perfect marathon,i have my doubts, just enjoy and bask in your glory.
NR nice to meet up today ,well done on your result
NR- well done- ctracking result- even without 20 yesterday!!
decided against going out- both too cream-crackered, but got a pizza delivery on its wat- a large pizza delivery....
MM61- You fancy doing a slow long run this Sunday. I'm thinking of doing 16- same plan as last year. If you ask nicely, i won't even make you do Swiss Valley
JD luckily i got a get out of jail free card as i'm doing the cardiff 1/2 marathon,so that saves me grrovelling to avoid swiss valleybut thanks for taking me into consideration
NR great stuff on 2nd lady who had 1st must be very good to beat you
MM i've had one perfect marathon my pb one when everything went tickety boo the only that spoilt it was i didnot even consider sub 3 & only dawned on me how near i was by mile 22 by then it was too late,but it was my dream race,every split identical
veg stir fry 3rd meal of the day & i not moved an 1"
MM61 - first lady was from Swansea uni, young enough to be my daughter so don't mind losing to her.
Good luck for Cardiff half. Its usually a good one.
MM61- Good luck with Cardiff- but I would have thought long and easy would have been better-??
NR- AND she didn't do 20 yesterday, i'll bet
Thinking of doing the Elan Valley 10 after Snowdon- shouldn't really, but it's the only distance I haven't PBd at this year- unless you count the 10m mark in LV Half or today's mara
JD - do Pembrey!
Thinking about it- bit of a bizzare PB, but doable
Jason, superb, you are my hero
Hardly a surprise with that time JD !
I really don't know how you do (or put up with) all the training Jason. My body would crumble and the volume of long runs, well, I'd crack under the pressure. What a man !
JD well done on welsh medal i entered cardiff months ago so i'm going ahead with it
NR nowt wrong being beat by a very good youngster
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