A great prize & challenge
Haha REG you made it sound like this is confession or AA!
and yes MALCS I thought exactly the same! Derbyshire has to be the best place to race on the weekend of 26th July for all those true runners that enjoy a challenge
Yes have spent the last two weeks running around with them..... but also lots of picnics, junk food and well of course...... alcohol!
btw definatly entered the Medoc Marathon competition... it has my name written all over it!
Tigger - you really shouldn't feed your kids alcohol!!!!!!!
Reg - It's been a lonely four months for me too
Two posts in one day smells awfully like a comeback to me. Make it a hat trick and you'll never escape!
Great time dude - look forward to the report!
PS. oops - forgot I'd asked you about the TR24 ages ago
Sarah - 5 day, 13 hours....and counting....slowly....too slowly....
What race are you doing Malcs?
I'd entered Brighton a long time ago even before the Asics competition so was always going to do a marathon this spring, just thought that doing two in two weekends would be fun!
Before the race, training had gone really well, better than expected really. Consistently ran 5 times a week, whilst also roughly following the My Asics app. I mainly got my training from the Marathon Talk Jantastic challenge. Which is a brilliant motivator I must add.
After a pb at Bath Half of 11 mins in a time of 1:46:04 I was kind of confident of a sub 4 hour at Brighton. All my long runs were at target pace and felt good leading up to the race. Even with a slight left knee niggle a developed a couple of weeks before.
Before I give my overall opinion, I must mention that the death of the young man did affect me, as I passed him receiving treatment and at the time it was upsetting to see. My thoughts go to his family and does make you think, when challenging yourself to do these kind of things.
Overall the race was very good, relatively flat course, great atmosphere most of the way round, doubling back on ourselves a quite a few of times was a bit strange and I found myself looking for my fellow club runners. I suppose this took my mind off the knee giving me jip at first and then the event as above. By about mile 15 the sun started to show and immediate panic started to set in. Not just for the hydration or fueling strategy, there was enough Gatorade to go round (which is disgusting really) but from those who are follically challenged, like Malcs and I, meant one thing,a sun-burnt slap head. I am in pain today as my head and shoulders which has not seen the sun in months are redder than a baboon's arse. After sun everywhere in the Reg house!!
Coming into mile 23 back along the seafront was really nice and with a refreshing breeze gave me the incentive to really think I could beat my target. Especially as the 4 hour pacer man came up behind me and I thought right Reg lets go for it. Well pick up the pace to 8:54 min miles at least.
Accross the finish line and boom, 3:55:53 very pleased and nearly shed a tear as all the hard training had paid off.
I can recommend Brighton, its a nice course with plenty of atmosphere, a bit undulating, with good scenery (apart from the Power station) good marshalling and good local support. The finish area is a bit chaotic and could do with clearer direction and the goody bag is a T-shirt banana and Gatorade!
We made a weekend of it and took the boys down, they loved the pier and sealife centre. And as I had never been to Brighton, despite the rumours!, I thought it was a good place to Marathon and a welcoming city.
Think thats it for now but if anything else comes up I will post.
Great report Reg. I certainly feel your pain re. the sunshine issues.
I will be back to comment further but I just saw what happened in Boston.
Aboutely awful. No-one seems to really have any information and they don't seem to have any idea who is responsible - no one has come forward to claim responsibility.
So so sad.
Ahh - nice to see you back on here RRR. The place will be all the brighter for your presence ..................and those of your socks!
I did think about you when I heard about Boston last night. I take it you won't let the b*stards put you off running it next year? You worked so hard to earn the right to be there, afterall!
How are your legs doing?
DS2 wrote (see)
Thanks Sarah. I have been conscious of it being 'charity season' so been waiting as long as I could. I will keep posting the link. I reckon your weather looks spot on. The weather fronts look like being easy to predict so I have all my fingers crossed for you and Malcs. It was good to spend the day with most of my family. My Dad's days are probably numbered so we make the most of the opportunities. Believe it or not he has survived two ruptured aneurisms in his life including a renal artery 17 years ago. Bit of a miracle he's still here!! The brilliance of medical science and the NHS!!!
Wow, thats very impressive. Your father is def a fighter
Im still in shock about Boston. I cant get over that people would do that to other human beings, its terrible. Give me two weeks and I will sponsor you...a fresh month so I wont have people telling me off (mainly my parents and chris) for giving all my money away to chairty!
Reginald wrote (see)
Sarah, Malcs did contact me about the tr24 but I am away on hols.
BOOOOOOO! My time on Sunday was 3:55:53.
Fabulous result, congratulations
Malcs wrote (see)
Hahaha, has the taper madness returned?
Hi Reg, that poor guy at your marathon, do they know what happended? His poor family too, my thoughts go out to his family and all those involved in Boston. Running is supposed to be about keeping fit and happy and not death and war, its so tragic.
DS2 - totally agree. It's so sad but it really does make you stop, think and appreciate what you have. I've felt quite low all day but I know come race day that this will make me more determined than ever to get round.
I believe that VLM are going to be handing out black ribbons at the expo. I'm sure there will be similar tributes at races all round the country.
Reg - sorry your return has been overshadowed by the events across the pond. You seem to have had the perfect race there. Must have been a bit nervous when you had the pacemaker breathing down your neck? Ady had a similar experience in Paris I believe.
RRR - good to see you popping back here!
Sarah - just looking forward to the race I think. It'll have a different feeling about it now though. We all need to go out and do it for Boston!
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