congratulations to everyone who ran , training and completing a marathon is an achievement in its self . tealsocks Thats a great pb and you managed to take photos as well !
Ali King Good to meet you and have a drink in the hotel bar , sorry your experience wasnt the best but I will let you tell the story.
Dan A Sorry to hear you didnt achieve sub 2.45 but with your calf injury and lack of training still a very good time , the changing of clocks spooked me a bit , I was so concerned about missing the start that I woke up at 2am and couldn't go back to sleep.
Barcelona for me was fantastic, 9 years since my first marathon and since 2006 when I ran 3 hours 11 seconds , its been a personal mission of mine to go sub 3 , injuries, 2 did not starts and a chest infection for the last 3 weeks I was thinking it would never happen .
I finally did it 2.58.44 with a negative split ,
Starting in the sub 3 block at the front , I was running at race pace within a few hundred metres , the water stations were great and I took on plenty of water early and also used the sponges, the only time it got busy was when I got stuck behind the 3 hour bus going through the old town. I did not realise there were so many inclines but they didn't seem to last to long . My only moan was that they only gave you one bottle of water at the end .
Thankyou Barcelona a great marathon,
I liked Berlin but for obvious reasons this is number one for me
Dan A Likewise I will look out for you and tealsocks at the airport Good luck with the calf niggle on sunday.
Ali King I am going to give the Buffet breakfast a miss on the basis that I might end up eating too much so I will have something in the room .No doubt I will see you somewhere in the foyer as I will be floating around there before heading off to the start.
NMN I will keep an eye out for you in your Norwich top,
I will be sporting a black vest with a small St georges cross on it if any one wants to say hello.
Forecast is a top temp of 18c so i doubt it will reach that until mid afternoon , hopefully during the marathon it will be no hotter than 15 c or 16c .
Had a gentle 3 k run this evening , no more running for me until sun now.
hi all not long to go now , been to the physio this afternoon to get the legs ready , had my race hair cut and tomorrow will have a slow short run of about 3 or 4 ks . still don't feel 100 percent from chest infection but unless I take a turn for the worse will be on the plane sat morn,
Dan A looks like I am on the same flight as you , 7.30 ba from Hrow. Was thinking of the nou camp tour myself and on Sunday at 4pm I see Espanyol are playing Malaga , its either the football or hitting the bars early .
Jiffle King Thanks again for all the Info , Iam staying in the Torre Cataluna , what sort of time do you think I should leave to head down to the start , I believe its close by.I will look out for you on your fixie , Ali King Good to hear your going to give it a crack , thats a good taper you,ve had ! If I feel ok on sunday I will be giving sub 3 a shot as well but will be aiming for a 1.29.30 split, so will be a good few mins behind you hopefully .
York Team No More Nails - 385 The Savage (mate of NMN) - 380 Bedders - 299 Rest of World Padams - 238 Dan A - 273 Tealsocks - 15441 Elli - 14592 Al Riley (WWW - Wild West Wacer) - 3195 Dean N 1729
Hope everyone is well and fit and taking it easy
Jiffle King thanks for the tips
My chest is still a bit infected so have started 7 day course of antibiotics , hoping I can clear things up in a few days . will have a 7or 8 miler on sunday to keep the legs ticking over , whats everyone else got planned this weekend ?
Ali I know what your going through last year I was planning on a sub 3 attempt and broke down with a suspected stress fracture 2 weeks before , never made Barca and ended up 3 months off running , Can you cycle at all or does that hurt?
Dan Hope you make it also.
Heel is better now thanks Ali , done a 16 miler on sun , and felt ok , physio worked wonders , but woke up monday morning with a chest cold , not ran since , have lacked energy and not felt at all well , feel better today , keeping fingers crossed it dont linger.