Does anyone else get headaches after a marathon, I had a stinker last night and still some this morning, though it went after some tabs. I think it was a bit of heatstroke but I have a had it a couple of times before when it wasn't sunny, combination of dehydration and gels, maybe?
Yeah the sea fret once you got down into Margate was really welcome, however as my top was sopping by then from all the water I was throwing on myself I was a bit chilly for a while. Ditto on the marshalls and the chap on the bike was great very chatty, all I managed was the odd grunt, he probably thought I was very rude.
Lol, I guess theres a character limit. Heres the last bit:-
By 20 miles the 4th chap overtook me(no age number on the back, hurrah) but we were gaining on the chap in 2nd who seemed to be shuffling a bit and I passed him at about 21 miles. I did a quick calculation at this point and knew I was going to struggle to break 3 hours as I had 37 minutes left. The chap from 4th who was now 2nd didn’t pull away like I expected and spurred on with the possibility of not breaking 3hrs I pushed on. I was about 10-20m behind 2nd from 21-25 miles. There were some gels at about 22 but I just couldn’t stomach another one, and from 24 miles my body really missed that energy, the last few miles were very painful. I managed to overtake 2nd with about a mile to go but a (very) small incline after that found me out and I couldn’t maintain it and he took me back. To be fair he was very apologetic, lol. I had a horrible sight as I turned into the finish, the clock was reading 3, oh no I am going to have change forum threads I thought! Anyway stopped my watch and had a look 2:59:13, there clock was about a minute ahead. The winner finished in just under 2:56, something I should have been able to achieve, just too few miles in the legs.
Had an embarrassment of riches at the end, 3 gold medals a shield for 3rd overall and the plaque for 1st vet 50 a bit bonkers for 1 race lol.
Interesting that many of you like running with other people, I must admit that
Jimob, Grats on the 19k pb
Tmoth, big big gratz, great effort
PP, gratz on 2nd, shame you just missed the pb
Bainj, sound like a good run
So the Kent Coastal Marathon, this was the Kent, BMAF & DCVAC championships as such as I was eligible for all of them I was somewhat weighed down with numbers and age signs.
When we set off to the race it was somewhat foggy, good sign I thought as it wouldn't be the sunny weather predicted, unfortunately it was bright sunshine when we arrived at the start (not that my wife agreed!).
Its quite a low key event, with someone doing there 300th marathon and someone doing there 500th marathon!! And someone who is trying to run 367 marathons in a year and an 86 year old! Many of these were asked to start at the front which made the start a bit tricky J As per normal I started too quick (missed the 1 mile marker) but was 12:20 at 2 miles which was about a minute quicker than I should be at that point. The race was combined with a half so position was a bit tricky to gauge, though there was no one in front who had age numbers on the back so I new I was in front of any the the various championships.
Its quite a scenic route as it heads along the coast, not for me though as I tend to stare at the pavement! Was going okay considering my overcooked start, but had reigned it in a fair bit. Was overtaken at 6 miles by someone in the v40 category and new I couldn’t go with him so let him go and tried to concentrate on my pace (aiming at 6:45s). On a switchback at about 8 miles could see a about 4 other marathon runners at within 200metres and one at about 11 miles was about 10metres behind and seemed to be going quite hard. There was plenty of water stations on the course, thankfully using bottles of which I drank most and poured the rest over my head, it was very hot! Not certain of my time at halfway, was 1:20:22 at 12 miles so would be about 1:28 something. At that point the chap in 3rd was still about the same distance behind. Had to shout at my wife who was supposed to be handing me some gels, as she was looking in the wrong direction (clearly not listening to where I told her the race was going, I guessed that might be the case when I couldn’t see here when we went passed the start again after 2 miles)! I was feeling a touch sick so only wanted 2 of the 3 so I took those out and through the others away, only to find that one of the ones I had taken was used (the wife had put one back in that I used at the start)!! Oh well didn’t think I could take more anyway, there was a gel station at 14miles so I had had one there and knew there was another one later (I Had had 2 gels in the first half and one at the start).
One of the lead bikes picked me up, which was exciting, I’d never had that before! He was very chatty, and probably thought I was a miserable sod as all I could manage was grunts. Not long after hitting Margate seafront the chap in 3rd overtook me and thus I lost my escort, fortunately he had no numbers on his back so I knew he wasn’t in the championships. I tried to concentrate on keeping him in sight and he never really pulled away much, though we were slowing and I was pretty knackered. Fortunately from dropping into Margate there was a seafret so it was a lot cooler (if not a little chilly as I was soaked from all the water I had poured over myself).
At the last turn(about 19miles) I caught sight of the chap in fourth who seemed to steaming along about 50m behind. By 20 mi