Given some inconsistent training, I probably should have gone for 3.30 pace, but decided to go at 3.20 pace in the hope I'd have a good day and be in line for a pb. Dodgy tactics that got me a 3.42 in VLM, so hoped I'd last longer this time.
My Garmin died, so I fell in with the 1.40 pacer for the half that started at the same time to help me click into the right pace. Great conditions for me - no wind or rain, overcast and cool. Kept with the pacer for the first 20k and felt good for most of it, but realised just before halfway when chatting to some american ladies who were driving their own 3.20 bus that I was starting to lose it.
Through half in 1.41, then between 20 and 30k felt pretty bad. Knew my pace had dropped, and hadn't expected that so soon but felt weak and couldn't do much about it. Not a fun bit of running, and struggled with stitches on and off.
From about 30k I felt mentally better knowing I was closer to the finish, and felt like I picked up the pace a bit for the last 10k. Doing my sums, I worked out that I'd probably be on for 3.33, which I wasn't too happy with, but made my peace with. Then coming into the last kilometer, ready to give it the big skills strong finish, I got hit by a super stitch - man, it floored me! My big finish ruined, I grimaced across the line in 3.35.
So, not a great run, which I didn't really enjoy. I'd have probably been better off going for 3.30 pace, but given how weak I felt I'm not sure I'd have been able to keep it up later in the race. Immediately after I wasn't too keen to marathon again, but I'm now thinking of trying to fit in another this autumn. Hmm, some thinking to do!
Quick check in - thanks for the good luck everyone! Well it was great conditions and a great course for a fast time, but I didn't have it in me - had a mediocre run and ended up with 3.35. I'll post warts and all when I get the time to do so!
Kiwi - thats good its coming back down. You have built up quite quickly to some much longer long runs recently - maybe you should hold back on the runs over 10 miles a bit and concentrate on getting 3 quality sessions in each week?
Quick check in from me - its been an extreme taper cos I'm only just starting to shift this cold - at least my legs should be fresh right? I'm away now and should be able to check in again on Wednesday to let you know how I got on! I'll try not to be shit, but I've got a feeling its inevitable!
Thanks for the 'advice' you lot - so I'm to go out harder than i probably should, and 'adjust my pace' after 15 miles if its too fast... That'll be easy! Have any of you actually done a marathon before??!!??
OK, I know you know I was going to ignore the advice anyway and go for 3.20 pace, but thats not the point!!!