Barry-thanks,its good when it all falls in place rather than apart. Looks like you are learning to love the TM as well as Chick. This weekend I'm off to the part of the world where you are doing your IM next year.
Chick-yes there were a lot of HM runners towards the end.I think I passed the first of them about 5 miles from the end.Respect to them for getting out there. Looks like you are developing a talent swimming.
5 miles recovery yesterday and 8 today-a bit faster than I intended-7.14mm av including a warm up mile. I planned to swim but couldn't face the pool full of half term holidaying kids
Nell- started and finished in Victoria Park. A bit like liverpools Sefton Park only smaller. I see you only beat me by a few seconds . I learnt a lot from this one too.
1. Pacing correctly -evenly-makes the final few miles less painful 2. Trust the training 3. Consistent mileage is best 4. Don't worry about a short taper 5. Chill it's only running 6. Carbo load and hydrate properly and rest the day before ....don't underestimate how much you need. 7Drink little and often throughout the race. 8. Use others to pull you along so you can relax your concentration.
Now I want to do another. April seems too far off.
At this point the the half marathoners split off to their return and we went off into the country. Now I was running with a guy in an orange t shirt and another in a yellow top and we stuck together for the next 12 miles or so with Orange often taking the lead until he pulled on ahead of us. The route was undulating but there were no serious hills and the variation seemed to suit me . I expected a decent hill at the 14th mile but didn't really notice it. Half way came and I saw my time was about 1.32. If I could maintain this I might finish with a decent time. The route continued to wind along lanes through the pretty country villages with marshals controlling traffic where roads crossed.By the 20th mile I'd left Yellow top behind. The splits to this point were 7.02,7.09,7.02,6.58,6.55,7.00,7.00,6.56,7.05,7.02,7.00,6.57,7.08,6.59. At this stage the race winded through a country park, very pretty ,lakes ,statues and traffic free and from there we were soon into another park. By this time I had caught and passed Orange and started passing a few others. A Marshall said I was 56th so that made the next few miles interesting. I was passed by a Stilton Runner and thought I'd try and keep him in sight.I wasn't keen being beaten by a cheese.The next 3 splits were 7.07,7.13 and 7.06 By now we were in the last 3 miles and going through the city. After a few subways which slowed me up I was running through the modern pedestrian shopping area past shoppers and people in cafes and bars. The route was starting to go up hill and at this stage I passed Stilton and several of the half marathon stragglers. The final mile went up a narrow passage through the pretty Georgian section of the city .The spectators ' support pushed me up that hill and soon I reached the road at the top with 0.2m to go. I stopped briefly then pushed to the finish.My garmin said 3.05.50 and I was very happy. My final splits were 7.18,7.28,7.27 and 6.57. I finished 45th overall and 4th in the 50plus age group and a slightly positive second half.It was my second fastest marathon in 16 years after VLM in April ( ps London finished in 3.12. ) I'm glad I decided to run this marathon. It was very friendly ,low key ,very well organised, well marshalled , reasonable support along the way ,an interesting and varied route , not over hilly but not too flat- definitely a pb route.
I wasn't sure if I was going to run Leicester Marathon until two weeks ago having just come back from two weeks holiday. I'd trained on the treadmill whilst away but hadn't done any long runs and found the 20 miler on my return pretty tough and I was only left with a two week taper. Anyway I realised I was overthinking it and decided to give it a go. The usual taper niggles and sleepless nights made me feel less than confident even if my final runs were fast and felt comfortable.
My hotel was a fifteen minute walk from my hotel which was just as well as I overslept on the morning of the race. I arrived at Victoria Park in good time and had a chat with a few people and decided that I would aim for just under 3.15 and see how I got on. It was chilly and there was a light drizzle- perfect. The start area was relaxed and we were soon away. The first six miles was shared with the half marathon runners but there was no congestion. Mile 1 was downhill though I held back ,I didn't want to destroy my quads so early. I had to hold myself back as I felt the pace was too slow and resolved to stay around 7.10 mm. We were running into the wind and I hoped it would push me along on the way back- it didn't. After about 3 miles I was running and talking to a guy from London who was aiming for 3.08 a new pb. I said I expected to blow up towards the end as happened in Liverpool .We ran together for six miles but he decided to slow his pace and I went on. The splits for the first 6 miles were 6.54,7.07,7.06,7.02,7.00,6.57 easily on target if not a bit fast.
I am now a big fan of Leicester. Had a very enjoyable race today .....quite low key for a change ...went into it pretty laid back about expectations and ended up with 3.05.49. 45th overall and 4th in the 50plus age group. My second fastest marathon this year/ever.The hardest parts of it all were the drives there and back...I hate the M6 in Cheshire . Enjoying a beer now. Report to follow.
Nell - must have been quite a buzz running in the stadium . I ran in and out of the Warrington WolvesRugby stadium in a HM last year ...empty...so a bit pointless really
Chick- I followed you run for years in sub zero conditions without a single complaint From you ...what's happened ?