Slight side track but what do ppl make of gps readings on marathons - most time GPS reading make the race distance perhaps 500m long ie 42.7km which is a bit confusing. The Yorkshire marathon was exact which makes me wonder - is it short? How can everyone be getting such large over readings when approximations on GPSs should make the distance shorter. It definitely has nothing to do with weaving.
Or is it due to the satelite and position bobbing about putting on extra distance? Thoughts? As it's clearly better to use the distance markers manually than relying on gps for pacing feedback.
Looks like missed the cameras conveniently as there were two right angled bends before the finishing straight - the banks of marathon photo photographers had just been passed - thank god - and the vid of the finish line - not in shot ... It's pretty interesting watching how broken some ppl look on finishing.
Am indeed STC - LS ... Have bought the odd pair of pumps from you. Know Mark quite well who now lives in France - used to work for you guys.
Manchester vs London .... if you have a ballot place go for London ..... although you have the GFA time for next year if not. Not sure the Manchester course is particularly inspiring .... yes its flat but the crowds will flatten the course out for you at London (metaphorically speaking)...
Valencia was interesting.....
Was doing a park run flat out a week before a good idea - probably not (caused hamstring strain)
Was doing 1 long run up to 19 miles a good idea - probably not
Was moving house and lifting heavy boxes during the final taper week a good idea - definitely not
These factors combined with some sort of bizarre premarathon man flu causing temperature regulation issues meant the sub 3 quest was kinda doomed before it started.
Despite the factors mentioned above the pace was laid down and went through half way in exactly 1:29 .... feeling ok ... although left hamstring has started to tighten as early as 11k!
Managed to keep pace until 35k and then things went to pot.... hammies (both) started to cramp - was quite hot and lost alot of salts.... the 4 gels I took on board as well as water didn't seem to be enough. Temperature were up around 21C ... about 10C too hot for ideal conditions IMO.
200m before the finish I had the worst cramp of my life with both hamstrings completely cramping up - fell to the floor - marshalls rushed over fearing the worst .... they quickly realised I was fine apart from being able to move legs and did the footballers stretch on both legs for around 90 seconds.... hobbled in for a 3:09 ...
Managed to get a ballot place at London through my club at the weekend too so that has been a nice silver lining.... am going to revise my target to 2:54 and do it properly this time round
That way if I blow up again at least I can still crawl in under 3 or a worst a GFA
Was in Finnegans but we had a group from Shef to entertain .... Didn't work out for me today - felt man fluey for a couple days before and generally sore and achey. Was going for sub 3 and managed to keep pace until 34km when cramp started to set in in the Hammies - 200m before the finish had to lie on the ground and get 2 kind Marshalls to stretch the legs out for a couple minutes. 3:09 in the end. Still the beer and pie was good! VLM it is to do this marathon thing justice - it's a bugger of a distance
Race no 1305 - woo - can't remember if we had to designate time on sign up I assume so. Have heard that Valencia can be a little crowded at first as streets quite narrow in places?
Just going to do a couple of 4 milers this week and moving house .... Looking forward to the free beer.
Haven't decided yet but will prob be donning the Sheffield Triathlon Club vest