Thanks guys, that's pretty much what i needed to hear. I think when i'm speaking to people who aren't runners themselves, it's hard to believe what they are saying because they don't know how it feels.
I did the London Marathon yesterday, my second Marathon (both London). Last year i finished in 4:41 (ITB injury hampered my training so i was just happy to get around). This year i finished in 4:22.
Prior to the Marathon this year though, everything went right. I trained well, did a lot of long distances, followed a training programme with my running club, injury free for the majority of my training. As a result, my target finish time was 3:50 (goong by my timing for other long distances 21, 22 miles...)
I was on course for this, but i threw up at mile 19, made it to mile 21-22 then i got pins and needles in my face, so painful, stopped running and fell in to some other runners. They helped me to the stewards who then helped me to the ambulance. I spent 20 minutes there. They told me i was tachycardic and needed to rest. In the end, i had to run / walk the last four miles in agony. Most of that was in tears of dissappointment.
The only problem is, everyone keeps telling me how proud i should be etc And i am, i'm genuinely proud of myself for getting around. But they can't seem to understand how dissappointed i am as well. Please tell me that there is someone else out there who is genuinely gutted about the time they got for the Marathon??
This is my first post, so please don't tear me to shreds.