4th London. Had a dodgy stomach going into the run. Chatted to a few celebs off the telly at the start and got some photos with them. Set off like an idiot. I was aiming for similar to my Brighton time of 3.14. Did miles 2 3 and 4 in a reckless 6.55 pace. Tried to slow down but couldnt. Dont know why. Got hot by mile 15 then by 18 I was struggling. I was busting for a wee at the start and figured my stomach cramps might be due to this so stopped and did the biggest most out of control wee ever. Last few miles were terrible and I struggled to get 3.25 and was gutted by how badly I had run it. Could have done under 3.20 with less effort going steady. Nipped into a shower at the finish. Got out and was greeted by Frank Bruno. Top bloke. Didnt really enjoy it this year. Trained hard and did 5 20 mile runs plus in awfull weather on my own. Went to London on my own and probably missed a bit of banter. Crowds were the best ever on the way round. Was cheered up by the free meal and the people at the Clic Sargent reception. Had a stinker but it happens. Over it now. Trying to plan ahead for Berlin 2014 and any advice most welcome.
Best moment.. taking nearly 15 mins off my pb, finishing in 3.14.32.
Most surprising.. the wall of noise at Cutty Sark.
Worst moment.. Mile 18, having one of those, "did I set off too quickly" feelings.
Most memorable.. The whole day, Thanks to the organisation.
My goal.. 3.20.. SMASHED IT!!
BEST MOMENT: going over tower bridge/when some guy got me with a water cannon
WORST MOMENT: discovering I’d been put in the back pen behind the 5 hour pacer despite putting 3:45 on my estimated time/when we ground to a complete halt at 5.5miles/when my knee went at 18 miles
SURPRISING MOMENT: how amazingly well organised it was (despite my disappointment about being put at the back)
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Big Ben chiming just as I got to it
GOAL: Primary goal = sub-3:45; secondary goal = sub-3:55
ACTUAL: 3:56 - considering having to fight from the back and the sheer volume of runners along with running the last 8 miles with severe knee pain, I’m alright with that
CELEBRATION: Eating ALL the food!
Best Moment:- The Lucozade tunnel of yes at mile 23, coming through that to the noise of the crowds on Embankment was truely epic.
Worst Moment:- Suffering from cramp with 400 metres to go and had to stop for 30 seconds to stretch it out, other than that ran the whole way ropund.
Most Memorable Moment:- Far to many but if I had to pick one - going over tower bridge.
Goal:- Primary Goal = Sub 4hours Secondary Goal:- 3;30
Actual:- 3:40:07 - was actually very pleased with my time considering it was my first marathon and had to start from pen 9 on Blue Start
Celebration: A curry and beer.
This was my second London and was absolutley fantastic. I am no spring chicken and only started running at the age of 50. Last year I had stomach cramps and had to walk 19 miles and finished in just over 6 hours. This year I hoped to go sub 5hrs but managed just over. A truly amazing experience and very humbling.
Well done Granny like you I'm no spring chicken but had a good day all round This year was the longest time it took me. Ran for my beloved sister who unfortunately lost her battle with cancer the day after the Marathon but at least she let me complete it before she passed away. Now trying to get back into running and have joined the Park Runs great morning runs up and down the country 5k runs on a Saturday morning free to enter anyone can do them too
Well done Margaret. I am so glad your sister knew what you did. I have done a few park runs but only get a chance every 6 weeks as I have to work. I have tried to keep up with running and have been out a couple of times a week since. Looking towards my next challenge....maybe Swindon half in October. I have decided not to do another VLM, mainly because of the training and the time and toll it takes. Not only that, nothing could beat the thrill of this year. I can live on that for the rest of my life.
I have to agree, the crowds were amazing. It would have been a long 26 miles without them. So up lifting.
Thank you for comments. The London Marathon is the best and crowds fantastic from start to finish. I'm 65yrs and have enjoyed the crowds each time completed. Everyone is a winner in London who compete from the front runner to the back markers and the crowd encourage each and everyone to get round safely.Well done to all
Best moment - Chatting with Andrew Strauss (briefly) at the 5k mark. He was the only 'celebrity' I actually recognised.
Worst moment - was actually on 17th March; 5 weeks before VLM, running in the Finchley 20. At about 10 miles it finally sunk in that with various injuries, illnesses, work etc I hadn't done sufficient training and VLM 2013 was not going to be my finest.
Most memorable - Running along the Highway at 21 - 22 miles and seeing the thousands of runners that had just reached half-way - an awesome sight. Not sure why but that bit always sticks in my mind (relief probably).
Goal - originally 3.05 - 3.10 but had to revise drastically (see 'worst moment')
Actual - 3.25 (satisfied with that under the circumstances)
Celebration - many beers in the 'Princess of Wales', Villiers Street.
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