But personally, I went off too fast with the pacers and was too ambitious, so ran out of energy by the hills and finished 10 minutes slower than last year I really should have learned to take it easier early on by now as it's my 7th TW Half.
The difference this year is that I had to take 2 months off with a detached retina, so probably should have been aiming for a slower time rather than another PB.
Thanks SGB. Yes, that hill doesn't get any easier! I fell behind the pacers for a while around Spring Hill last year, but managed to reel them back in later on in the race. Looking forward to another great event.
I thoroughtly enjoyed my first marathon, so thanks very much to the organisers.
After running past the first aid station (on purpose), I stopped at the other 8 places for one cup of water at each, and feel sorry for those who arrived after it had run out.
The only hiccup for me was at 39.5km, where I came to a junction and couldn't see where to go. I had to wait for another runner to join me and then we asked passers by if they'd seen any runners recently. That was a little discouraging and soon after that I stopped running to walk for a while. A BIG thanks to Rik, who came alongside me and encouraged me to get going again for a great last 2km. That experience probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't had to wait for directions, so I'm not really counting it as a problem.