Well you all know the eternal underachiever strikes again, oh and not being funny Geoff, but normal thread etiquette is not to announce results.
Arrived on Friday and expo done, easy 3 miles along the Thames Saturday morning even if I was diverted due to Obama visiting the Globe. Carb loaded very well.
No excuses, conditions were perfect if a little cold at the start and support amazing as ever. I managed a solid 8 hours sleep Saturday night, even got some porridge down first thing.
Set off at a steadyish pace and felt incredibly confident it was going to be my day see splits in 5 mile chunks.(sips of water every other mile or so) 7:36,7:17,6:59,7:00,7:11 - yup a couple a little too quick 7:11,7:13,7:16,7:19,7:21 - Gel at 6 and 10 and very happy with pace 7:21,7:24,7:23,7:24,7:27 - Through half in 1:36 gel at 14 7:37,7:40,7:45,7:51,7:42 - Gel at 18, was getting concerned by drop in pace but was thinking keep it under 8's and won't be too far off then oh dear 8:32,9:09,9:28,8;33,8:29.8:23(last bit) gel at 22 ,crowd support was amazing and only positive was no stopping/walking. Plenty of high fiving St John's Ambulance staff for the last few miles. Bit emotional at the tough miles and end. Charity reception was very good and very long massage as one of first to be there.
So 3:25:43 and nowhere near target and I think my worry has proved right. Only running three times a week can keep me at pace or better at HM or below but not for marathon. Just not getting the miles in my legs and all of my runs are on fresh legs, yeah maybe tired from swimming/cycling but its not the same. So I may have to put my 3:15 dream/fantasy away until if/when I commit to running full time again.
2old - Great report and mighty impressive running. You must still be smiling and very well deserved too. Those splits make great reading and that is a huge PB, sub 3 next then. Yeah looked for you at the 1 mile joining point but I guess you were long gone, and I was surprised the red sub 3 pacer passed me just after the 3 mile point.
Chick - not good news but at least you know what the concern is. Yeah mixing cycling/swimming will help injury prevention but will not help with marathon running (see below). Maybe you're right about running slower but again see below.
Brol - Thanks for the honesty , and I'm not being defeatist but I truly think 3:15 isn't going to happen for me.
AA - well done for toughing it out and I'm not surprised the emotions were running high.
Freemers - Tough day for you , looked out for you as I must have passed you at some point. it becomes a long day when the walking starts, glad you are not too beaten up by it.
Jamie- welcome, you're more than capable of 3:30 and better with that half time, we've all been there(personally several times) that the first half of the full feels very easy , need to hold back if you can.
AA - I've set the record box thingy for Sunday morning to hopefully catch you(2old and nell the backgorund) on TV.
Geoff - Not done those marathons but heard good things about all of them.
2old/Nell - Hopefully a couple of days will sort the niggles out. Beetroot shots started yesterday.
Chick - hope the scan gives you some answers and yes join the dark side.
brol - Yeah that's the plan, are you spectating Sunday?
Nothing for me since Tuesday, travelling down and expo today with a few miles tomorrow morning, anyone around after the race to celebrate/commiserate. No list yet so: