Alright Stuart, good to hear from you again! Fab time on that HM- does it change your time goals for Edinburgh? I remember you saying you'd just be happy with sub 4 but that's looking a tad easy for you now, right?!
My training has been OK so far but I've had a really rough week, took ill last Wednesday/Thursday with a bad throat. It gave way to flu (or what I think was flu) with a couple days of vomitting, all over body aching, fever, swollen tonsils, and general exhaustion. I am just getting over it now and it really put me out of action. Completely wiped me- never felt so exhausted in my life. Meant to be doing 20 miles tomorrow but I'm going to have to see how I feel tomorrow.
Aside from this setback I am looking forward to Edinburgh as I have great memories of doing it before and it's near my hometown so a nice time for me to visit family.
How has your training been going? I am not going to the comedy night before- quiet night in with the family I think! Nell is also racing at Edinburgh.
Great report Sean nice one. You ran a brilliant race, you should be delighted with your massive new pb. The chicken outfit is amazing- the sweat that must have been covered in after yesterday.... Not a nice thought....now bask in the glory of having done London and having everyone ask about it
Carl- I'm so sorry for you bud. I had a similar experience last year in London. I know all too well how you're feeling- I was very emotional afterwards and almost felt robbed and cheated of my experience. But you will look back later at it and remember it as another unique experience- and not just a negative one.
What a lovely thought by your girls- nearly brought a tear to my eye. And they are right. The marathon distance is no joke- it's a serious endurance test and you have done another one in what is undoubtedly a respectable and serious time. Not the time you wanted, but don't forget what you've achieved. Most do not achieve it during their life.
Carter- I forgot to reply to your question about having a couple of different marathon goals. The real reason is that marathon as a distance is so unpredictable and has so many variables that I find it helps to have realistic goals behind your ideal goal to keep the psyche up if not everything goes to plan on race day.
In Edinburgh for example, yes I would LOVE to do 3:50 but that's only what I think I'm capable of for marathon with ideal training, ideal health on the day, ideal weather, etc... but having my C goal as just a new PB seems realistic for as it would still be a big achievement (isn't any PB) but more importantly should definitely be doable given my last PB on a harder course. So if I set off on race day feeling great, all guns blazing, no reason for failure I'll give it my all and be going solidly for 3:50. If I don't, I may have to readjust to another goal.
I find having different goals helps me most of all during a race when the going gets tough... if I feel I'm failing I can at least decide, right, it's not going to be failure, it's just going to be going for a different goalpost. And then I can reach the end saying, yep, I'm happy with that.