So, tough race for many reasons. Knew it wasn't my day after about 6miles when, going downhill, I just couldn't make my target pace. Took a lot of willpower to continue at that point but I did it. Found struggling hubby at 21miles so decided to wander home together and not worry about time. Finished hand in hand in 4.34 so what really is there to complain about?! This race was always going to be about more than my sub-4 target. Hope you all had a good race and thanks again for the support.
Thank you once again for the support and advice, it has been very much appreciated. I have struggled with rollercoaster emotions over the last few days where I am fine one minute and then very sad the next but I hope those periods will lesson as time passes.
Cbo, thank you for the offer of the meet up. I am fortunate to be running with my hubby and we are starting from Regent Road (is the London Road start for special/speedy people??!) but I will certainly come on and let you know how it goes. I think whatever happens I should be proud but it will be difficult if I fall short of my goal having trained so hard. C'est la vie eh?
Best of luck for Sunday to you and all who are running, I hope you have a wonderful and successful race.
What a lovely message, thank you so much. I am so sorry to hear about your Mum, how terribly sad not to be there with her. Whenever it is hard I am so so grateful that I was able to be with my Dad in the last moments. I do understand how fortunate that makes me and it is a comfort.
I am so physically tired and terribly apathetic about things at the moment which will make the marathon tough. I would really like to be able to do the four hours but the focus that may require may just be about of my reach at this time. I hope I can just see the achievement it will be to finish. My husband is raising money for prostate cancer uk which is why we chose to continue to run so supporting him whilst he raises money for such a good cause and one so close to my heart should be reward enough.
Wishing you the very best of luck for this weekend and thank you again for your kind words, they really do mean a lot. To hear how you and Angela are coping is very reassuring and makes me realise that, though this is hard, many many people have to face loss every day and I, like them, will get through it.
apologies, the funeral was on Friday so I haven't had a chance to thank you all for your replies. Angela, I am so sorry to hear about your father, it is a tough thing to go through but I know I am not the only one who has ever experienced loss so I am trying not to wallow about it but just be gentle with myself.
i managed to run 2 x 5 miles last week with some pace work and a few short intervals and a 3miler this weekend. I am feeling very tired now though so I will be prioritising rest, hydration and good food before next weekend. What will be will be eh?
thank you again for your support, it is so greatly appreciated.
Thank you both for your kind words and support. I will try and do another 5miles today just to keep ticking over and then I will run in the beautiful Scottish Highlands on Saturday after the funeral which will no doubt restore my soul a little bit.