Just survived The Isle of Man Easter Running Festival and lived to tell the tale
For those who have never heard of it you really should try it if you get chance - 3 races in different corners of the island, an 11 mile run across the middle of the island taking in every pub on the way and one or two hotly contested drinking contests.
Although it isn't taken very seriously there are still some very tasty performances as a result of the £4,700 prize money on offer across the weekend.
The legs ache more now than they did after the two marathons though!
Alehouse - There was orange everywhere, you would have been proud
TR - You're clearly in good shape so it is just a case of staying healthy, starting slowly and not being overly concerned about the time on race day now. Looking good.
Mr V - Ahead of the game We'll be watching out for some big Summer performances then!
Oh, and despite the two marathons in the last couple of weeks it is a mere 12 days to the next one, although this time there will be a bit added on the end - 50k. I blame Steve Way
There seemed to be MGers coming out of the woodwork at The Red Lion as evidenced by the pic above. And a good job too, we had 30 pints of free beer to tackle. By the end of the evening we had polished off 25 so there's room for improvement next year
TR, your question about the heat is very pertinent. It was certainly warm at the start and kept getting warmer but it still felt comfortable to run in. It was deceptive though because at the end most of us were pretty pink and I'm sure that I had a bit of mild sun stroke as we got to the pub.
As for the run itself, bearing in mind that Manchester was just 7 days earlier, it was without question the most enjoyable run around VLM.
When I had a brief chat with Phil at 4 miles I was thinking that maybe a low 2:50s was likely but the only aim, if there was one, was to try to run two sub 3s in 7 days, a feat I would have scoffed at until very recently.
By the finish a 2:57:52 on the back of the 2:51:52 at Manchester had been very straightforward, a nice flowing run. Surprised but very pleased.
Hannah nearly got a sub 3 with 3:00:45, 5 minutes quicker than Manchester.
DT - There is plenty to be happy about with that as a first marathon. You might be quite surprised if you did a survey of first marathon times of people on here and on Sub 3, I'm pretty sure that the average will be a good bit slower than 3:18.
TR - Well done on surving the best man's speech, a tough task indeed. Are you starting to chomp at the bit yet thinking about Ediburgh?
Thanks TR! You might be right in your assessment but I'm not waiting 4hrs 30mins for the first pint. In fact just for good measure the first Red Lion pint of Guinness will be consumed in advance just to make sure
I haven't looked at what the race number is yet, I'll post it up later just in case anyone wants to watch some carnage unfolding