Stevie G. The clue is in the name trundling rather than racing is my thing. As long as I finish I don't massively care about the time at my end of things there's usually a fair bit of chat, at least I the first few miles.
Panda - shit does indeed happen. Put today in a box and lock it away. It's the tortoise that wins not the hare. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Mind over matter. It's just a case of left foot, right foot repeat. Remember there's always another hill! Etc etc.
Seriously I had a shocker last week too but then a cracker this week. Just be thankful that when you had a wobble (which will always happen) it was'nt on the big day. Now it's done you can cross it off the list.
I'm going to have a crack at continuing home after the Manchester Marathon in a few weeks. This should put me over the 30 miles. Is that long enough to count as an ultra? Or am I just cooling down from a gentle run compared to some