For me, sad to say it was a DNF. At one point I thought things would be fine, went through the half about 1:34... but by mile 17 I thought I was going to throw up and by mile 20 both quads were cramping so hard I could barely walk let alone run. Rather than enduring another hour of agony to get a 3:40+ I decided to hop on the DLR, and have no regrets. Actually surprised I made it that far. I'm never doing a marathon again unless I've done the proper mileage.
Too bad I couldn't make the Red Lion - instead went to a reception for the charity that funds my research. Quite humbling to hear the stories of the people running, and felt like a bit of a plonker not raising any money with my GFA entry.
Just a quick update from me... on March 2nd while running through Dulwich wood I managed to smash my foot on a concrete post (that I've run past dozens of times and know is there!) leading to 2 broken/severely bruised toes. After 2 weeks I decided I was healed enough, but I guess I was still limping a bit which caused me to pull my calf muscle on the other leg and I basically gave up on London. But then this week rolled around and the leg was feeling a lot better and I thought "what the hell - what's the worst that could happen?". I'm moving back to Canada at the end of this year, so this is essentially my last crack at VLM for a while and I'm giving it a go. MtR, looks like you're contemplating something similar! If I can run under 3:20 I'll be very impressed with myself.
Good luck to everyone who has properly trained, and maybe I'll see some of you at the GFA start....
Well, I got back from my Christmas holiday in Spain and saw a piece of paper stuck to my fridge telling me I'm meant to run the London Marathon. It caused me to think "God, I better start to do a bit of training", so that's what I've done. I've even managed a long run of 9 miles - wahoo! We'll see if I can manage to pull things together for a 2:59:59, although part of me is tempted to go for a half PB and take the tube to the finish line. Nevertheless, looking forward to another season of reading training advice and banter on here.
Today's sad marathoning news got me back to this site today. As I read on letsrun, Sammy was 'pure balls'. Glad I got to see him for his '09 London win in person. I guess it's been over 4 weeks since my London debacle. As promised, I took 21 days off, and have eased back into it. 12 days in Italy made the time off a lot easier, and I gained back some needed weight with a lot of pizza, pasta gelato. No sign of my former injuries in the 3 runs I've done since I've been back, so I think I'll be able to keep up some decent fitness. Still not sure how hard I'm going to hit the training but hopefully I'll get in a few races from 5-21.1 k in the next few months.
PS - decided to simplify my screen name... and realized it shares initials with a certain 5000/10,000 superstar.