Sparkly bridget v Len2
Glad to have been of help and looking forward to the reports!
Brilliant report DL!! Well done (and I LOL'd at ingesting the salt off your own face, Ive done that in a training long run that was hotter than I'd anticipated!!).
Definitely see you next year then, one way or another!
I've found myself a nice friendly 10k plan to get me to August 5th (well, a few weeks of tootling about enjoying myself, and then an 8 week plan to follow). And I am slowly now getting used to eating much less. As a word of warning to you all - if you suddenly stop running, but you keep eating loads, you incredibly get fat! No idea how . I'd like to lose a couple of stone over the summer, get myself in tip top condition for the winter training! You never know, I might even be better prepared for 2013!
SS - a couple of years ago we walked across the Thames towards St Pauls. As we crossed a road I suddenly realised that I had run along it but had no idea where I was!
beck* - you'll be fine, just remember to rest and eat!
Len - sounds like a good plan
I've been to a lecture in Oxford about particle accelerators this evening
Hi all - I'll be posting a report later on today but I did it! Apart from a bit of sunburn and achy legs I'm doing ok! It's great to see everyone else's reports!!
@Len - I ran my mile for you and did think about you a lot en route.
Aaaw thank you LMB and Emmy!! I can't believe how lovely everyone has been - you've all made me smile a lot recently.
Can't wait for the full report LMB! But you did a RUN??? Arent you meant to rest for a month or someething?!?!
Here's my report
I didn’t get the best amount of sleep and was awake at 5.30am. After struggling to eat porridge - I ended up getting to the start with time to spare. Cue a hilarious trip to the female urinals (has to be seen to be believed ) and trying to get my bag checked in. I met Marathon Molly again and she gave me some last minute tips and encouragement. I didn't expect to meet up with her again but I'm so glad that I did!
After working out which pen I needed to be in and working out the timings and where the pacers were we set off at an easy 11 min mile pace. It started off really nicely and there was a lot of support from the people. The pacer was quite relaxed and helpful. My biggest fear was blowing out and starting off to quickly so I made a conscious effort with my pace to keep it even and this worked for the first 15 miles. From my first gel at 5 miles I felt that something “wasn’t right” with my stomach. It just didn’t feel right and for the rest of the race it turned between cramping pain and just aches. This continued throughout the race and into the evening. I still don't know what caused it but i'm glad that I managed to work through the pain.
... Part 2
Would I do it again? In an instant!! I'd just make some subtle changes to the preparation and the day before but there is nothing that would deter me from another one. There were times when I thought “damn this is hard” but never did it cross my mind that I wouldn’t finish.... in fact - to make things easier during the last few miles I was trying to work out what I could do better on my next run! It diverted my mind a little!
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