Simo429 - bloody hell! Presumably you've seen your GP in order to get the antibiotics? Has the vomiting stopped now? Any other symptoms - headaches for example? I'm not a medic but that sounds like it needs attention.
kev1n - well that is spooky! Yes indeed, will see you at VLM - looking forward to it already, although no idea why because I still can't get down the stairs without pain!
JT71 - aha, I understand now. Well, it's never easy training for and running a marathon. Many people struggle to make the start line on their first attempt so to not only get there but also log a fantastic time is quite something!
Aber - that is the perfect way to run a marathon, even splits all the way. I wish I could do that! Most people fade at the end but you ran it superbly, well done! Just keep an eye on that foot. It will most likely be purely down to the huge race effort and will sort itself with rest. I wouldn't even think about running on it until the pain has subsided.
I usually have a whole week of no running to let everything settle and then only do the odd little jog in the second week. Never has any noticeable effect on fitness.
Cardiff marathon is new isn't it? I had heard rumours about it.
lol - levitating, love it! Thanks Gill Next one is London for me - just 20 mins on the train to the start line so no need to worry about travelling!
I would have had the same reaction as you to sub 3 pace a few years back. In Sept 2012 I ran 3:59:45 at the Kent Coastal, crossing the line "looking like death" as my good lady wife put it.
That was the 3rd marathon in a row where I'd only just scraped under 4hrs and my 5th marathon in 3 years so I was no newbie but I just couldn't seem to get any faster. Then I discovered these forums, followed and met some top people through the Target 26.2 competition and got loads of amazing advice on how to structure my training. It has made a massive difference.
So if you really want to push to race faster I bet you can do it - all you need is the right training and, crucially, belief! Then I have no doubt it won't be long before those faster paces suddenly seem very achievable.
Loubella - wow, totally smashed it out the park - what the hell was in those things? Very well done!
Wardi - sterling effort there!
Aber - that's brilliant! Forget speed - personally I think it's alot harder to be on your feet for longer - that takes some real mental strength.
Puddy tat - massive congrats! That's strange you didn't get a time. Are you not on the results list at all? Did you hear the beeps as you went over the tracking mats?
Perfect conditions yesterday. I feel a bit guilty because the hill I described at 25 miles turned out to be much flatter than I remembered it. Or maybe I was just in so much pain I didn't notice. Anyway, better that way round I guess
3 hrs and.....29 pesky seconds for me. Really wanted to sneak under 3 for the first time but can't complain - it's a 2 and a half min PB and 14 mins off my time at York in 2014. I also earned the honour of being the 1st person to fall outside of 3hrs - yay!
Well done to you all - annoyed that I didn't spot any of you but it was pretty busy! See you all next year?