Well done Dan. I paced the 4.30 group from the red start yesterday - my first time as a pacer and I can attest it is a challenging task, especially given the amount of congestion on the course. We came in at 4.28.30. My fellow pacer also had to drop out around mile 19 - I believe he was quite ill, maybe heat exhaustion but have been told he is now fine. He did a great job getting people to that point totally on pace and hopefully, anyone who was with him was able to join me.. But as Dan says, you can't 100% rely on a pacer and need to take responsibility for your own pacing too - we are only human and do this as volunteers.
Hope everyone feeling proud and not too sore today!
Who beat their PBs Ady? Hope Malcs has! I paced the sub 4.30 group and got them round in 4.28.30 so did a respectable job for which I rewarded myself with birthday cake aplenty! Couldn't quite get the wine down though! Off to bed now. Hope everyone achieved the goals they wanted.
My foot is feeling fine but my hip is terrible - these random niggles, eh?
Steve, thank you for your very kind words. It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you and I am so sorry that you weren't able to make the start line on this occasion. However, I have every faith that it won't be long before you do run your first marathon and that it will be in a time that many first timers will find awe inpsiring
But first, you've got the hurdle of the operation and rehab to get over so lets not rush things. As I said in Paris, I think a triathlon would be a great aim for this summer - it gives your cross training a focus, it gives you a goal and it allows you to exercise your competitive streak ALL without overdoing the running too soon. Triathlon is a trusty friend to running
Wishing you all the best for a speedy and complete return to running post-op. Keep me posted and let me know if I can help in any way.
Have a great holiday Mel. And don't put those running shoes on until Sunday at the earliest! You've got my email, so please do stay in touch and maybe come and do a race down the coast a little way sometime - would love to see you xx