Sparkly bridget v Len2
Almost time! Have a fab time mitiog
Morning! Hope mitiog is having a lovely lie in
Mitiog ate so many cafienated gels she couldn't sleep never mind lie in!!!! I had 10 in the end....one at the start with 100ml of isotonic and some imodium (preventative) and one gel at each of the 9 water stops. I didn't hit the wall!!!! woop woop!!!!
Anyway race report. My hotel was 7mins from the start so on the Saturday evening I wandered down to see what the first mile was like - gently down-hill, not, as the organisers claim in their badly-scaled publicity, like running down mount Everest!! I finished my carbo-loading with the same evening meal I had before my last 20 mile run and had the same breakfast before making my way to the start.
The weather forecast was for a hot day and PA was giving out that it was 18 degrees already and it was only half past nine! It was expected to be 26 degrees by midday, so I slathered on the factor 50 and sat in the shade until I abolutely had to go into my start pen.
I'd decided to go out at about 11:30-11:45 pace, keep at it until 20 miles then "best effort" to the finish line. Gels, as mentioned above, every water stop (about every 3 miles) and ofcourse plenty of water. The gun went and we shufled forward then started jogging as the start line finally came into view. Then several hundred runners dashed past me and I felt a bit of a numpty jogging "so slowly"..but on checking my GPS I was already doing 10:30 pace so I slowed it down a bit more and even more runners carreered past me. This was the pattern for the first 5 miles, being overtaken by anything that moved.
By mile 6 we were out on the coast having completed the only bit of the marathon that's actually in Edinburgh. I kept on plugging away, same sort of speed, and to be honest it felt really really easy, though it took a lot of effort not to pick up the pace. I got to 10 miles in around 1:55 I think and was very happy with that. I saw the elite field come past me at mile 23 (other side of the road from where I was at mile 10) which was an awe-inspiring sight, so much I stumbled and almost fell over!
I got to the half-way point in 2:32ish, feeling comfortable, unlike London 2 years ago, when I got to the half-way point at almost the same time but felt pretty done for! I was starting to really feel the heat though so I made use of water sprays that locals had set up on the course for us - very refreshing.
The next stage was the long out-and-back loop which had little in the way of crowd support. There was a water stop at mile 16 which was mile 22 on the way back, but other than that, just a few marshals. By mile 16 most people around me were walking which I found a bit demoralising as I was desperately looking for someone about my speed to run with because I was feeling the heat. I knew if I walked I'd never get going again so I plodded on, telling myself "I can do this" over and over again. Mile 18 was tough as we went through an estate and the surface was gravel - felt weird after all that tarmac. Back on the main road towards the finish I started counting down the miles. My pace had slipped a bit to low 12's but I still got to mile 20 in 3:55 so was very pleased with my progress. It was incredibly hot and I had no idea how I'd cope having trained in blustery wind and rain but 20 miles is nearly home and I wasn't giving up now.
I got to mile 23 in 4:30 and decided now wasn't the time for heroics so I ignored any thoughts of a sub-5 and kept pluggin away and was encouraged by some friends at mile 23 (who had also seen me at the same point going out at mile 10) and it was then that I relaised that I had 3.2 miles to do in less than one hour and one minute to get a nice new marathon PB...
...I picked up the pace ever so slightly, nevous of the possibility of hitting the wall even at this late stage and also conscious that I'd seen a few runners keel over with the heat in the final stages. I was taking nothing for granted so I kept plodding on, not bothering to look at my watch.
After what seemed like ages and after hearing "the finish is just around the corner" from the crowd about a dozen times I rounded "the" corner and saw the gantry time dispaying 5:23 and it was only then that I realised that I was going to get that new PB even if I crawled down the finishing straight! I sprinted as hard as I could, the crowds were cheering and I punched the air as I crossed the finish line - I looked down at my watch which I started when I crossed the start line and it showed 5:08 exactly. That's over 23 minutes quicker than London 2010!!!! Absolutely delighted.
Thanks everyone for your support and encoragement; I now know I've got a sub-5 in me, if the weather's half decent and that's a huge confidence boost and a sensible target for next year. I've also learned about the importance of pacing and eating enough and it was so amazing to run the entire marathon in reasonably good running form - no 10-mile marathon shuffle for me this time!!! I was so pleased and proud of what I achieved; I've lost loads of weight, trained consistently and got a brilliant result that I never even thought was possible, especially in the scorching heat. Wow. One happy mitiog
Fantastic report mitiog! All that training and planning came right on the day
Well done mitiog great report and it was bliddy hot I know because I ran the half and all I could think was thank god I wasn't doing the full one.
Fantastic P.B and easy to go sub 5 on a cooler day.
Had a fantastic weekend in Edinburgh with my friends just back and exhausted.
Mitiog, that's amazing! To run at all in that weather, incredible. Well done
Thanks Len It was very hot! I'm so glad I started slowly and din't get carried away. I was chatting to someone in the hotel who has a half-marathon PB that's 25 mins quicker than mine but he went out too fast, crashed in the heat and in the end finished in a similar time to mine. I prefered my slow and steady plan - it sounded a lot more enjoyable! Marathons should be enjoyable...
Ha! Should they?! I'll let you know..one day! (I got my email for my "ill/injured" place for VLM next year! Here we go again...!).
Which event are you targetting for your sub-5 then?
Hmmm not sure!!!
Open to suggestions!!!
You'll love VLM
mitiog although I am never never ever ever doing a marathon again...If I did then I think an Autumnal one would suit better. Train in the hot when it's hard then run in the cool.
How are you feeling today? back down to earth
Did you enter the ballot...If I don't get into London and here is hoping I may think about doing Dublin next Autumn...even though I am never doing one again.
mit if you fancy an autumn one I'm wondering about Preston at the moment they are only going to do it every 20 years so it's a curiosity to me.
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