pop in properly later. great stories from everyone. Just to say I bloody love running had promised my wife a week off running this week but she knew I was itching to get out again so was allowed out for 10 mins last night! stretched it a little and squeezed in a 2.5 miles in just under 7.20mm no niggles or probs post marathon...can't wait for the next!
Finished 6th in 2.40.xx a massive PB of 12 minutes . A vast mixture of emotions; felt quite resentful through lots of run at poor marshalling and lack of water ( i know the second point was my problem not theirs). So please to have a pb and championship time and to finally get another marathon under the belt. But gutted missed 'b' target of 2.39xx (dream a time was 2.35.xx) however the best news is how amazing I feel now no injuries/niggles, not sore and not wiped out suggested it was fluid balance that was the problem. Also no vomiting like at last marathon Very excited to see where I can go from here and will be joining the Berlin thread chain next year. Given I'm pretty new to this malarkey (2 and half years running) I really hope i can get down to 2.30 region over next year but no that will be tough. I will definitely learn huge amount from this training plan and race and know there is so much to improve on.
Sorry missed the other threaders after I completely forgot where TJB said they'd go for a pint which is such a shame as we went to a rather lonely dodgy pub with no other runners.
Thanks so much to the thread for all your advice and especially TR/TT who I truly believe stopped me getting re-injured after london
NOW FOR SOME FUN SHORT RACES AND STOP BEING A GRUMPY OLD MAN AFTER AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE. well done other abo-er can't wait to read the reports
great to meet tick/dan a/TJB before and see ALP before and after in amazing time especially given conditions
So......I don't want to be mr negative and sound like lots of excuses so going to put all me gripes about abo down now in one go and move on!
1. At the start we were told there were 4 lead cycles who would splinter off with subgroups as things thinned out....after 5 miles I did not see another runner until mile 24 miles when I overtook a severely struggling chap, after the first 3 miles I never saw another bike. I wouldn't mind but half the marsalls seemed to ignore me... I went the wrong way twice and at one point had to jump a railing to get back on course. several times I realised I'd taken a extra long detour not realising I was supposed to be following a path not a road to the wrong side.
2. Obviously wind was same for everyone but it was super windy; mentally doing 21 miles of it solo was incredibly difficult (no-one to share running/wind/drive on) it really did feel like the toughest solo training run I've ever done. There was a lot more weaving than I was expecting in/out of cars, people (some who decided to block the whole path whilst staring at me) and up/down curbs
3. Water: although these were every 5k I had no idea it would be cups (again same for everyone) but I normally run with camelbak which I know is frowned upon and just about getting 5-10mls each time (I really need practice at this but think its genuinely difficult at speed) of my split cup really took its toll by the end
Now the positive and race report!
Actually woke feeling ok today so no complaints there, very tired but cold was just upper head so fine. Good organising at the start and line-up very apprehensive given last marathon was 18 months ago and had a real fear of the unknown.
Settled nicely quite quickly, after couple of miles found myself about 11th with some ankle pain which faded quickly after mile 2. Mile 2-5 had some company but realised I was gradually gaining on a chap who was falling off the lead pack. Caught him at mile 5 and thought it was great to have some company but again it became apparent very quickly that he had gone off too quick and left him within a couple of hundred metre. I had no idea that would be the only sign of another runner for at least 16 miles when I started lapping people. 5 to 13 went pretty smoothly I had a slight stitch from 6-10 mile but was calm and it gradually faded as hoped and this seemed more digestive.
Went through half at pretty much dead on 1.18 which was pretty much where I wanted to be but I'd already realised the wind was going to be a major factor. Started to slow from about mile 16. No leg pain, breathing not too out just starting to feel bit light headed from dehydration. Still pushed on. There were only two points where bottles were on offer in form of sports drink; first one bounced out of my hand and so no fluid at that stop and second one i did get but was at about mile 22, couldn't stomach too much of this as never had sports drink before.
Last 4 miles were a slog only other lead runner I saw was about mile 23 this unfortunately didn't offer me a target or a drive for long as he was going very slow by that point. Felt pretty pants for last 4 miles and unfortunately garmin lost satellite reception for last 3 but clung in there to grab a well deserved drink of water and see a deservedly beaming AL at the end. Great to have an easy shower too.
thanks guys. yeah TR i know sleep doesn't really matter and adrenaline will get me through! cold only above head at moment so fingers crossed; I'm staying away from them tonight so chance to recover although I know i won't sleep through sheer and utter fear!