Sarah Osbourne with Minni
Bloody brilliant, Sarah Massive, massive congrats. You rock!! Does it mean you've beaten your parents' PBs now
sarah osborne wrote (see)
I was worrying that everyone would think badly of me, when infact I was dying to speak to everyone and see how they were getting on with the carbo loading and pre marathon preps.
Isn't it just like you to be worrying about everyone else and not yourself! Given what a forum stalwart you've become, it was quite clear you were strugglling to get on and we were all worrying that you'd be worrying too!
The RW site was very slow most of the weekend. Even with a proper fixed internet connection it was really painful sometimes.
Anyway less of that - C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!
Wow, what a time! You must be absolutely thrilled. I don't think any of us doubted you would surpass 3:30 but you completely smashed that. I am so pleased for you.
Great to hear the carbo loading went well. I found it much easier this time too. Although I was guzzling down fluids but didn't seem to be going to the loo. I was worried I'd end up like a balloon.
I think they should rename the day before the marathon Panic Saturday . It's reassuring that I wasn't the only one in need of therapy. I actually had to lie down for an hour because I felt like I was going to collapse. I've never been so nervous.
How were you on the day? Did you get up there ok (clearly you got there but was it all smooth) ? Did you speak to any celebs? (Minni doesn't count)
How are you feeling this morning?
My race went really well. I got round in 3:32:42 a PB by 26 minutes! Still can't believe it. I know I had set the target of making sub 3:30 but in all honesty I really thought that was a big ask given how far off it I've been for so long. Totally elated still. I hope that lasts for the whole week
I have to say that without the forums and all the mutual support, hints, tips and advice I would never have done it. Minni and DS2 have been amazing!
Angela - great to hear your holiday and running is going well. I think your end of 20 mile run experience definitely bodes well. I felt much better at the end of mine this year and that seems to have been reflected in a decent end of race.
Minni - I keep hearing how well you've done but I have no idea of your time! Congratulations, I'm assuming you must be very pleased given what everyone is saying.
One thing I need to know right now - did Mr P find his shorts or did he do the run in his Y-fronts?
Excellent! I'm sure you will go sub 3:15 pretty soon. You are such a speedster I got 3:24:26 (nearly 5mins off October's PB) so a reasonable improvement in 6 months and my B target. I set off at 3:21 pace but legs weren't having it. Still happy I held it together - the last 12k hurt like hell
Sarah: will do Hamburg again next year. Hoping to pick up some speed over the summer before I start another marathon campaign Pic here shows how much it's hurting but I beat the guy next to me by a minute
Thanks Sarah. I am on cloud 9. When I look at my time I still can't believe it. I was beginning to think marathons were just not for me, I'd been stuck near 4 hours for so long.
Temperature was perfect for me. Cloudy with a breeze. Had a little rain too but I got in before the worst of it. One 2 mile section was very windy though which was a struggle as it was a two lap race and on the second time round this part was miles 23 and 24 - not the place where you want to be fighting the wind.
Just checked my splits and I was pretty even most of the way. Miles 17-22 I ran faster than any section of the race but I suffered a little in the next couple of miles due to the afore mentioned wind. Only dropped to 8:20 for mile 24 and then picked it up for the last two miles and my first sprint finish ever! (felt like a sprint anyway)
That is some serious pace you were doing at the end. I'd love to feel good at the end. This was the best I've ever felt but I'm only measuring that by some pretty miserable experiences. My legs were very sore for the last 4 miles and my stomach was in full jelly baby rejection mode
Sounds like you had much tougher conditions there. I'd take the wind we had over the sunshine you had any day.
What about the crowds, did you have enough space to move or was it packed all the way round?
What a fabulous time for Minni! Absolutely amazing. Well done!
Well done chickadee, you look pretty damn comfortable in that photo to me! My wife's usual description of me in marathons is 'like death'. This time I was upgraded to 'pretty good'. I have obviously perfected my ability to produce a facial expression that completely disguises the way I'm feeling
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