I did a mile earlier on & felt fine, think I will try and give it the large a bit at Parkrun on Saturday & see what happens.
I wasn't at my best on Sunday, but knew that before the race had started, at no point was I "racing", just had a good run round London, more a high quality tempo run if you will, not often I agree with James Cracknell, but he was spot on when he said London Marathon shows this country & its people at their very best.
Rough idea of a plan for me is to break my Marathon PB in the autumn somewhere, then try and give it the full on kitchen sink at London next year.
I don't think you can call yourself a true distance runner unless you have given a full honest account of yourself over the Marathon distance. I have done it a couple of times over the half, but not the Marathon, it must be a great feeling to make it to the finish line having given your absolute best effort physically & mentally. Fingers crossed next year I will find out for myself.
Not my day today, but quietly pleased the way it went off in not ideal circumstances, 2:47 mins
Positives; lightest I've ever been for a marathon by 2 or 3 pounds.
Negatives; groin injury that I have had for 6 weeks, can run well but compromised somewhat, should have gone & seen a physio 6 weeks ago & taken a week off, only myself to blame.
Thoughts from the race; cold day, seemed a little bit more low key, not every Sunday morning you see Wilson Kipsang, Dennis Kimetto, Geoffrey Mutai etc jogging past you doing their warm up!
The downhill coming in to the roundabout in Woolwich I didn't feel right, felt like I was working too hard, lungs seemed to be struggling, it was around here that I had a few thoughts about pulling out at the back of my mind, struggled with the whole futility of it all for the next five or six miles before snapping out of it & feeling less sorry for myself, actually felt I had a reasonably strong second half, just passed Tower Hill a couple of chaps were in real bother within a few minutes of each other, one guy was weaving all over the place, the other guy either stacked it or had collapsed, I hope they were OK & St Johns ambulance got hold of them sharpish.
So not my day today, but still glad I did it, I think you would put that down as a very good quality training run / Tempo run, think I will probably have to go again later in the year, maybe Amsterdam or Valencia or something like that, after I have seen a physio of course.
Respect to anyone who completes a Marathon irrespective of time, there is simply no getting away from how tough it is, a real test of the spirit.
Last time I did the London Marathon my urine was blackcurrant squash colour, today a slightly more alarming "blood orange" type colour to it lol.
I did Brighton Marathon last year & was one of the "elite" runners so I think that tells you all you need to know about their struggle to get a decent field down there lol, race has potential, but no way would you choose that over London.
London Marathon is great for South Londoners, you can have a good lie in, I jump on the train 10 minutes to Lewisham, then walk up the hill on to Blackheath, perfect.
I know a lot have to do it, but I find the whole Hotel stay the night before a Marathon unsettling, remember being on my own the night before Dublin Marathon, little or no sleep & spent a real "dark night of the soul" mainly worrying about whether the plane would crash on the way back or not & whether I should get the ferry back instead. Such happy memories lol