Still waiting to hear if they can sort out some sort of 'official' time. But if not I am not going to beat myself up over it. Things happen and as I said I want sub 3:30 so I need to go out again in any case.
Legs have returned to normal and thinking of doing a few mile shakeout run tomorrow evening.
And yes Stuart that would have been a PB. My previous PB was 3:58 from Paris in 2013.
Have not worked out how to do the link thing yet so if anyone knows please do tell me and I will link to my race report.
After two days of not being able to walk properly and my toes feeling rather raw, everything seems to be returning to normal. Can walk up and down stairs without feeling in agony. Toes returning to normal size.
So the question is whether a few miles are on the agenda tomorrow night !
Still nothing back from the marathon organisers so not hopeful that I can get any sort of 'official' time for my run on Sunday. Have moved on already and not that fussed by it.
The thought of having to all this training again for Chicago is rather daunting at the moment. No doubt if I give it a few weeks it will seem more doable.
PS - great to hear that you are connecting with the local wildlife. It would be funny (not) to come round a corner and find a great big bear standing in the middle of the path. I am sure it is fairly normal to feel ok one week and sluggish the next a few weeks after running the marathon. If you think you can get round why not enter the HM. It will give you something to focus on in the short term before you get back on the training wheel.
Ali - Hopefully the cough passes quite quickly as you seem to be enjoying things at the moment.
Nell - great to hear from you after you had 'vanished' for a wee while. And things seem to be looking up on the foot front so to speak. Some decent running recently and hopefully it comes good for you despite the busy schedule.
Now that the pain of the day has subsided I am thinking I would love to do it again. It was a really tough marathon but there is something about it that just draws you in. Maybe next year again ......
Will - great to hear that you are feeling fresher as you are getting into the taper more. There is absolutely no pressure on you coming up tail end charlie in the marathon races. I will let Carter put all that pressure on you .....
Carter - as you say marathons take a hell of a lot out of you and you pushed yourself hard in case you have forgotten. We are all very focussed and disciplined when we are training but then for a while we let other things get in the way and running becomes a little harder. I am sure that you will get the mojo back faiirly soon and it will all feel right again. Have you got back on your fatty diet again ? and how is it going ?
Sense - thanks. Brutal course, sweltering conditions but satisfying outcome.
I will try and link to my post on the other thread as I do not want to re-type it / copy it. Seems silly.
For those who have not read. Finished (and was finished when I crossed the line) in 3:33:53 according to my garmin. Spent the afternoon recovering from a dose of dehydration and the pain today is interesting but somehow worth it.
The official results were not out last night and got an email today saying that they had me going through lap 1 but nothing after so wanted to know if I DNF or suggesting that my timing chip was faulty as happens occasionally. Why me ? But nothing much I can do. I have asked if they can search the video footage if there is video footage. I have no idea as I was in a daze when I crossed the line and do not remember too much about it.
Anyway not fussed by it. If they cannot sort it out I have the record on my watch which is good enough for me.
And as it is above 3:30 it means I have yet to achieve my goal for 2015 so onwards to Chicago I say.
Will, have done as you suggest. I honestly have no idea what was going on at the finish line. I remember crossing it but was so wrecked that I cannot remember if they were videoing the thing, who was around me or much. It was all a bit of a daze which tells you something about the condition I was in.
Carter - it is a brutal race. I think it is the 3 laps. The first 12 mile are not so bad but the cumulative effect of the hills that just keep on coming is incredible and there is no amount of training that prepares you for it. Plus add on the heat and it made one hell of a day at the office. The more I think of it the more chuffed I am even though the DOMS seem to have got worse as the day as gone on. Add to that some badly bruised toes and you can imagine the look. Funny to most.
Canter - thanks. My OH did not know what to do with me in the house tonight. So I think for both our sakes I will need to get back out running soon. But not too soon. No idea how I will do Bupa 10k next Monday at the moment.
Ricky - thanks. 3:15 might be a bit out of my reach but never say never.
Ali - thanks. I will see what they can do re the results. It is frustrating but I am well pleased with my efforts. If they have no connection to my chip thing they cannot give me an official finishing time so it will be an estimate. I cannot even remember what time was on the clock at the start when I went past. Was not paying any attention as I never thought about a scenario where they did not know if I finished. Technology