Great report Poacher - you should be proud of what you helped others achieve. When's your next race?
Sounds more promising BI - all fingers and toes crossed for you.
Good pace from you G-Dawg. I'll be looking out for you at the Dorking 10 (although you'll have to give me your number as I'm not wandering around the big field asking strangers if they are G-Dawg). I'll be driving the lead car(!) and then on chip removal duty at the finish.
4.5 easy this morning followed by my 2nd 3000m in 2 days at the Vets League this evening - the rain started just as the gun went off and the first flash of lightening appear after 400m so it made for interesting running conditions.
Surprised myself a bit with 11:14 or so, some 18s faster than yesterday and a 7 second PB. Not sure how many chances I'll get over the summer to try and get sub-11 but it's a good target to aim for.
Head up Gul - as others have said a PB on a difficult course in less than ideal conditions is definitely something to be proud of. Top 30 if I'm able to fathom out the results on the website.
PMJ's words were very wise and I'd echo them unconditionally - your training was bang on and your ability and determination to everything that was needed is not in doubt. It's not about mental strength but, in my humble opinion, having the confidence that you've done everything you need to do and being able to relax and not get stressed in the hour before the race and the first few miles. I suspect that alot of energy was expended unnecessarily.
Have a break, then find a good flat marathon in autumn and don't tell anyone on here about it until you report back when you've smashed 3:15, a time that you are undoubtedly capable of if the conditions are right.
Great stuff from you there Poacher - what's the world record for number of marathons run in a year with zero training?!
SJ - a nice, relaxing weekend for you then?!
Hope the lacrosse ball and the cold pool have the desired effect BI.
Good luck with the dissertation MsE - let me know when you fancy another run along the NDW.
My legs still felt a bit weary today but I allowed younger Lorenzito to persuade me to run a 3000m as a non-scorer in the Southern Atheltics League match this afternoon. Plodded round in 11:32 but looking back that's only 10s off my PB so not too shabby. Doing the same distance again tomorrow evening in the Vets League.