Well done everyone! Sounds like everyone had a pretty good time. With some challenges for good measure.
Hope the legs are recovering well, I had a hilarious visit to the Oceanographico yesterday which was full of OAPs and runners walking like OAPs, stairs and slopes were not appreciated.
Happy with my first marathon, was 4:34:30 in the end, could have run the last couple of kms faster but elected to soak up the atmosphere for the finish. Lots to learn about this marathon running lark, made many school girl errors!
My MiCoach Smart Run wasn't happy so I was struggling to keep track of my pace and looking at the splits I now see that 5-15kms were my undoing. Pre race training the furthest I'd gone was 19 miles and that totally showed too! First 30kms done in a reasonably good time, on for a 4:15 finish ish, loving life, scampering along and then at 35kms my legs just gave up the ghost!
35-40k were pretty painful, still loved it, but walk/shuffled more than I would have liked. Luckily my husband could run with me at the side of the road for some of it which I'm sure annoyed the more serious runners but meh, what were they doing in white wave anyway?
The heat was hard. Didn't anticipate that. But that said I'd rather run in the sun than spend 4 hours + in the miserable November rain of England.
Although I was cursing them at the time I am so grateful for the spectators, every time I slowed down or even thought about walking I'd get a "venga Lucy venga" or a "vamos" or an "animo chicas" or something!
If I do another marathon, I will be going back to Valencia! Sorry I didn't make the social, I too had a siesta and then stumbled down to the hotel bar for a pizza.
Hi folks, late to the party, really excited for my first marathon now, just want to get there and get going. Loving all the social media stuff from the organisers, really feeling good. Will try to make it to Finnegans afterwards, but you'll probably all be done and dusted by the time I get there! Going to try to find the 4:15:00 marker man and follow him round the course. Running for Cancer Research so will have a purple vest on if you see a very pale (or red faced) blonde clearly English woman staggering about it is probably me! Buenos suerte a todos!
Hi Lucky, Expo is open on the Saturday too I believe.
Is 9 min miles your planned race pace? !
Hello yes this is my planned speed - up to 15 miles this week, don't want to rush up the distance and be super slow. Feel like a proper newbee at this marathon lark! Also turns out my easyjet flight doesn't get in until the Sat night so have emailed the organisers about collecting my race pack. Trying to persuade my husband to do the 10k, anyone know if it is any good? They start on the other side of the bridge to us don't they?