Beautiful run JAP. I think you should frame that as a textbook case study of how to run a marathon. Or can anyone beat it? Bonus points can be awarded for the best positive split, 5K PBs as opening split ending with a 10K walk etc.
Phil why would they put you on the green start? Doesn't make any sense at all. I was there a couple of years ago and it was actually great- very relaxed, with mostly normal people (the celebs no one had ever heard of we're all kept in a cage where they could preen and strut on their own without interfering with others). Much less intense than the red start. I started at the front and they then inserted said celebs on the start line just before the off. So other than having to push Ed Balls out of the way, I had an empty course for a mile or so until the merging. I still have a strava segment record for the marathon off the green start (2 53), so please make sure no one gets in front of you. I would choose green again given the choice, but mostly for reasons that mean it isn't the place for a sub3 pacer.
Dan. Loved the report. You captured the hanging on by your fingernails element perfectly, reminding me a lot of my first sub3 run in Amsterdam (2005 I think) where I fell over the line in disbelief with a similar margin. As others have said may be a monkey off your back and hope you go from strength to strength.
I had a crazy run last night where a planned 21 miler with 3x2 @MP turned into a 27, mostly due to a detour to find a toilet. I am tickled to see that I beat the king of the long training run CharlieW with a 3 12 marathon in there. Felt really comfortable but on reflection was probably not a good idea.
Hi everyone. Haven't posted here in ages, but prompted to say hello as I too am now an MV45. Still plodding along and dipping in here fairly regularly for inspiration and to feel for a few minutes that my behavior is moderate to normal. Aiming for somewhere in sub 2 50 range for VLM but not too sure where. Keep up the good work!