Have yourself a great holiday! I will say it once again but you really are an exceptional person. Well done on reaching your goal, you set out to achieve a goal at the most difficult time of your life and not only did you achieve it, you did it with such grace.
Best of luck and I will think of you and your girls often.
Disappointing about your tummy and I would perhaps put this down to new city which means different water and foods and adrenaline/stress of start HOWEVER you ran a 13 minute PB and you could possibly have gone faster - i would take this forward as a huge positive for your next marathon. You were strong at end so energy levels where good and you managed to run exactly to plan so physiologically you body was in great shape even if tummy a little out if sorts so overall a great result.
Your forum has been great to be part off and I look forward to hearing about your next marathon! All the very best. Ruth
Good to have a think about break down of race but don't forget that each time you run a race such as the marathon you tend to learn something from this and this new experience can actually help towards your next race. So even if you feel you could have done better then surely this is great news for your next race AND you still walked away with a new PB and reached your ultimate goal.
I agree with Sarah O, you can be hard on yourself so just enjoy the fact you are now a sub 3.30 marathon runner, not that many people can claim that!!!
I am signing off now but all the very best. This has been a great forum and such great support from everyone on here. Ruth