Manchester is a great starting place for your first marathon. I've done it the last 4 years, but will not be on the start line in 2016. I'm avoiding my usual combo of Manchester and London marathons in favour of just doing London. It's about time I put in a decent performance at VLM..........also, I'm considering doing an ultra.
Well done John. A pb shows progress. Big events can be difficult in terms of space and getting in a rhythm. Too many runners about. London marathon is a good example. Difficult to follow the best race line.
Am I right in thinking the addition of some speed work is fairly new. If so, the aches and pains might be related to that. I certainly suffer when I go back to some proper speed sessions. Then my body adjusts and I feel much better. Currently trying to hang on the back of my step-sons group at Trafford AC. Some of them are 15 min 5k runners.............I'm ruined. Buts it's the only way I'm going to get quicker.