Halstead marathon

Am I being stupid.

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11/05/2013 at 20:57

Thanks- argh I'm super stressed! Rather than being off my feet I've spent the last 3 hours very much standing up, making dinner, clearing up, making the bed etc while OH sits around like a lemon- not best pleased- think I might go to bed early to try to calm down And rest...

11/05/2013 at 21:46

Nothing like being organised - hubby and I have just been looking at AA route finder to work out how to get to Halstead, and thinking about drinks and where he'll see me.  Think we have it down now as 4, 12, possibly 18 and then 23 miles (mainly Levit's Corner but they may venture somewhere else as well).  Not sure I'll arrive early enough to do the drinks thing so think hubby will hand me a replacement LS at 12 miles; two 500ml bottles should be enough to get me through plus water at the water stations.  I usually have a couple of good swigs of LS every second mile from the start just to keep topped up.  It isn't going to be hot so dehydration shouldn't be an issue.  Am definitely not dehydrated at the moment - in fact I can't stop going to the loo!!  Maybe a bit too much water consumed today!

Right, signing off now to go and organise my gear for tomorrow.  Sleep well everyone and look forward to hopefully meeting some of you tomorrow.

Edited: 11/05/2013 at 21:47
11/05/2013 at 21:57

Hi all, calm down Angela. No point in stressing over a man. We're not worth out and we're all the same!!! Lol

I will defo be there. Minks - I'm still going to go for 3:17 ish. Nothing ventured and all that! If I need to change midrace so be it.

have had a mad day with mrs DS2 away. Haven't stopped and probably a good thing. Weather looks reasonable tomorrow and wind predicted to be a bit lighter now. See you tomorrow. Will prob get there just before 9am

Edited: 11/05/2013 at 21:58
11/05/2013 at 22:16

calmed... Night night everyone!

11/05/2013 at 22:36

Excellent Angela!

My wife would tell you it has taken her 25 years to train me! Believe me, it takes a lot of patience on each side!

Sleep well

11/05/2013 at 23:51

Night everyone 


hopefully see you all 

12/05/2013 at 07:02

Great, DS2 - see you there; will probably get there around 9ish as well.  Looking forward to it (sort of ...!)

Good luck everyone!

12/05/2013 at 07:02

Yup, good luck all!!

12/05/2013 at 16:25

Ello Ello, I think I managed to see most of ya, though shame not to get the chance to chat with Jason as he was doing an awesome job at the drinks station!  What a fantastic course- except between miles 18-23 where I was wondering why i put myself through this, I thoroughly enjoyed today- awesome support, beautiful countryside course and a pb for me despite the undulations- got my silver goal of sub 4:20- came in in 4:18 something

12/05/2013 at 16:28

Hi everyone, how did you get on? I was at Levit's Corner as planned, managed to see my friend four times which I was really pleased with - she got back in a PB of 3.57. Had a lovely day, weather was a little windy but the course looked stunning and I was with a nice friendly bunch of marshals and spectators. I think I spotted SimonG but this spectating lark is harder than it looks!

12/05/2013 at 17:01

Spotted everyone !!

very well done Angela looked like a very strong finish for you, glad you liked the course. 

shame I didn't meet everyone, by the time i finished I assumed you had all gone home .

managed to convince 4 people to take the Vaseline from me hehe 

DS2- I can only assume you smashed your PB, I was trying to work out everyone's times but gave up pretty quick 

Minks- you did not look happy at all if I'm honest but I probably would of been the same.

SimonG/Kandinsky- you looked like you loved it  

12/05/2013 at 17:03

Hi all, nice to meet Angela. Oirish and biggest thanks to Minks. The company over the first 10 or so miles really helped. Just sorry you didn't have your best day but really well done for finishing. It's no mean feat when you feel like that.

great PB Angela. It's a tough course and probably worth at least 5 mins on a flat course.

glad you had a good day Susan, and your friend PB'd.

I'm very happy with 3:19:07. 

12/05/2013 at 17:11

Hi all,

I'm sure I must of seen Jason but was a bit preoccupied at the time!

Great to meet you all.

That was tough out there, I was coasting along nicely and was very comfortable and heading to a time circa 3:30 - 3:35 and was loving life when around mile 20 my lower back and left glute just went ping!! Those last 6 miles were hideous, I was in so much pain down my left leg. Luckily after a bit of a run/walk and a masive sulk I gritted my teeth and I am both proud of finishing as well as not throwing up!

3:54 in the end

12/05/2013 at 17:45

Jason - didn't realise that what was you dishing out the Vaseline!!! Made me smile.

the marshals etc were amazing today!

Edited: 12/05/2013 at 17:46
12/05/2013 at 18:14
DS2 wrote (see)

Jason - didn't realise that what was you dishing out the Vaseline!!! Made me smile.

the marshals etc were amazing today!

+1 I can see why this event gets so highly rated, everything about it was awesome and despite my problems the encouragement from supporters and runners was just amazing.

Roll on next year.

12/05/2013 at 18:39

It is a great event isn't it? Done it three years running now and will be back next year!

Very bad luck Oirisheyes - that's the marathon for you! Like I said to Minks you've should be proud for digging in. I had a similar run two years ago. I think it was one of my best achievements even though it was the slowest of my 10 marathons. Today's is right up there as well though!

13/05/2013 at 06:28
Ja5onW wrote (see)

SimonG/Kandinsky- you looked like you loved it  

Ha ha ha! It must have been the vaseline offer that put a smile on my face!

It was a strange day for me, on the one hand I crashed and burned rather spectacularly in the second half missing my target time by over 30 mins in the end.

However, once I'd made peace with the fact that it wasn't going to be my day I concentrated on making the most out of what is a cracking event and managed to put my dissapointment aside and enjoy myself.

Given what I went through yesterday I'm actually rather chuffed to be able to consider 4:14 a "bad" time, I ended up having to work bloody hard for it and I'm already looking forward to coming back next year to have another go  (and remembering which stations I'd sent my drinks to)

Well done everyone, there's some cracking results for some but a great effort by all.


13/05/2013 at 06:53


Well done everyone Had a fab time at the mini Fetch Point. Two of my club mates got pbs 

13/05/2013 at 07:32

Awesome marshalling!  I really enjoyed this and so glad DS2 managed his good for age- was really lovely of you and Minks to cheer me over the finish line .  Minks, so sorry your race didn't go to plan.  Do you think you'll try another one before July, or leave it until Autumn?

kandinsky, I think you did well to hang on- do u know what caused the 2nd half problems- was it just the hills?  When I look back, my bad miles I think were a hydration/nutrition issue, but thankfully I was able to get past in.  Was great to meet u and ur wife and puppy afterwards- we shall have to meet up at our suspectIve parkruns.

oiriish is also in the core team for Colchester.  Gutted for you and the leg/glute pain- really is a bummer (never mind the pun)

ive written in my blog now-its looooong, but if ur interested-http://longroadtoboston2016.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/halstead-and-essex-marathon.html


13/05/2013 at 07:54

I will take a good look later Angela. I think we all have bad miles even when you have the perfect race. Getting through those miles is what it's all about. 

Well done. A 15 minute PB on that course is fantastic. Lovely course, but not easy. I thought the support at that corner was incredible yesterday. Every time I went past them they gave me a huge lift. 

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