Well what an amazing experience! I loved it and actually felt like an Olympian as I got to Tower Bridge with the roars of support and the amazing backdrop. Great running conditions, chilly and overcast and the sights and support keep you going. Lots of friends from the running club, and family kept me going and I felt really strong up until 20-21. Miles 21-23 ish were really hard going emotionally as I just wanted to cry, and crying makes your breathing go funny, so I had to stop myself. Felt like running through glue and I wanted to sit down and have someone give me a hug. It was weird and I wasn't really expecting that. Legs were sore but still moving, so it wasn't really a physical thing. I was expecting to see the family again at 21 at Limehouse station but they couldn't get to the front due to congestion and I think that's what put me on a spiral. Anyway, at 23, I saw a guy I knew from the running club and he was looking SO awful that I realised I was being a numpty and pulled myself together Then i saw my sister screeching like a banshee so felt like Paula again
My splits were pretty good and consistent. (bib 53968 if you are interested) I wanted to go faster at the start but restrained myself which I think paid off. final time 4h 11m which I am over the moon with. I am going to wear my medal now for the next week.
Yeah I heard Jenni Murray on women and distance running too. Very un-illuminating and dull
Me- 4 miles at MP. Felt good. Did Pilates and a 1.5 mile run home on Tuesday. Sports massage this evening and expo tomorrow... will probably do 2 miles to stretch my legs on Saturday, then I'm good to go
great running all and am particularly impressed with Dan k. I thought I was obsessed with miles
Strangely, re- tapering, feeling better today, but then I did some hills this evening at a very conservative pace- 8 reps. So am staving off the withdrawal symptoms Also, I was *not* doing 70 miles a week. I think my max was 50 or thereabouts. Excited!!