Follow the progress of Mustkeeptrying, our sub-5:00 hopeful
Sorry for not submitting the report of my London race, thing have been crazy and with the internet down at home, and I had my university assignments to do with I left them til after London - not a wise move to do 3 whole modules of learning and assignment in 2 weeks.
Overall I am please with my London run, despite the start, started well with the pace for the first few miles, until mile 9 I started to feel a bit ill, so stopped and sat down for 4 minutes before continuing. But the next couple of miles was a battle with my mind, until I saw my family (My father flew over from France especailly to see me running) at mile 14.
The wise man told me to forget about the time and enjoy it, so felt better and more confident and continued with the quest, trodding along taking in the atmosphere and views, which was a blur to me two years ago and the first 14 miles. (Perhaps the view was a bit offputting in some places with people puking!)
And I crossed the line in......5h 52m so a PB here, and finished with a smile. Although I wanted a sub 5, I realsed with a marathon, small things even stopping for 4 minutes can dramatically reduces your target, so perhaps I was bit a bit optimistic expecially with the weather over long distance. So me next goal is to train for a 4:30 marathon, and that way I can get a sub 5 after a few setbacks!
So my name has been entered in the ballot.............(and my wife, as she was thinking about it after seeing the experiance watching the runners, but was crossed with me after I put her now down!)
However the most important thing about this year was meeting people on this forum and making running more enjoyable, in which is how you get through the distance. To be honest when I crossed the line, I still felt fresh I could go on for more miles (Hey - who said Ultra!!)
Hope to see you in future races and hopefully around on the forums.
p.s. Matt - I was looking at my 5K section times with yours and we crossed each other several times(!)
Know exactly what you mean MKT. Did local parkrun on Saturday and Sweatshop run last night - weird running for such short distances! Will have to start upping mileage soon for BUPA 10K at the end of the month.
Back to work with a bang on Tuesday - still only today to go!
Well done MKT. Wish I could ride a bike but my quads just don't work! Never had a bike until about 5 years ago and I think I was just a bit too old in the tooth (or legs!) to adapt.
My new Forerunner 210 arrived yesterday so am going to be playing with the pacer on it tomorrow at parkrun - see how that goes!
I'm taking part in GNR in Sept this year, done a half in March 2010 but wasn't up to mileage in terms of training.
i want to beat last years time of 2:22, would be happy with anything around 2:10 but need to get some solid miles in between now and then. Did a 5 mile race a week ago in 51 mins, but ran 5 miles on my own with Garmin this weekend and managed 49:50. Will need to run 10 minutes miles to get 2hr 10mins but think I can do it if I get the miles under my belt through the summer.
I fancy a Tri one day, do they do such things as adult swimming lessons? I can swim but my technique is poor and I am puffed after a couple of lengths. any tips?
Hiya nice to see you back and in training again. What date is your half?
I am just starting to train for the Amsterdam Half myself it's also in October.
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