Big G - he told me that unemployment is very high in Kenya so not by choice some of his athletes were able to rest during the day, the remainder went to their work after their early morning run.
Yes, I've read that book and enjoyed it.
2 of the most interesting facts...
a Kenyan male marathon runner will get no sponsorship at all from companies such as adidas or Nike until they've done a 2:08 marathon.
None of his athletes use sports drinks or gels and will only take on a minimal amount of water during a race, maybe a little at 15k or so. If they've trained well they don't need anything during a race.
Keith - great report and well done, you certainly gave it your best shot. I don't think I could wear a head torch without getting a headache. You could try wearing it around your waist. Going through the night is so tough.
LOL at you (maybe looking a little tired and spaced out) on the TV!
Big G - maybe a race (or a race distance) you haven't done before.
Pegasus 3 - welcome to the thread. You've already put in a good base of running 3 times a week for the last year. Between us on this thread we've done a few races so we can all guide you so anything you need to know just ask.
KK - that's a scary marathon PB time, but good to know that it's there to be done one day.
mamafox - when's your next race?
My foot is fine, I get a little ache and stiffness after a marathon and sometimes a twinge when I'm running but it's a lot better.
SK - re the out of control car, so scary, glad he's OK.
Olive oil, that must have taken some cleaning up.
LOL at your only visit to Belfast
Had a good trip home, flights on time, bit rough with the wind, when the pilot says 'It's a bit windy in Exeter', that's pilot speak for white knuckles for some of the passengers. It was rough coming in to land.
On the flight to Manchester I sat next to a Kenyan, he hadn't run the marathon but he is the manager of a team of 24 Kenyan athletes, some of his marathon team were placed at Belfast, the best was 2nd in 2:20 for his first marathon. I spent the whole hour quizzing the poor chap about the Kenyans diet, training, lifestyle etc. so if you need to know anything I probably did ask the question!
A little windy and showery this morning, good run though.
Slightly disappointed with 4:56 today at Belfast. Weather was good but there was a strong headwind in places which I found tough. But a lovely day, great support on the route and I like the course which is challenging in places.
Great to catch up with some friends today (although didn't get to see all as I'd hoped). Been out for a lovely meal tonight, ribeye steak was superb.
Keith-well done, you must be exhausted. Is that the furthest you've ever done?
Have had a lovely day. The rain stopped as I left the hotel this morning. Went for breakfast and then took a sightseeing tour of Belfast which was brilliant. Such a lot to see and so interesting. Then had lunch and shopping, here the big shops seem to open at 1pm. The sun was out by this time too and had a lovely time wandering round and picked up a few bargains too. Back at hotel now as don't want to be on my feet too long today. Rain has now started again but still forecast to be dry for the race tomorrow.