aha hi folks - so i have a few pages t catch up on for discussion of my next marathon .Hills ? hmmm maybe get back to the hill training. Still its the non hilly around her around Mold Flintshire which are a challenge to fins. Im following the RW First 3x week training plan , i think was timetabled 17 miles, planned 18miles and did a great little run of 19miles. Deeside/Shotton to Chester out via cycle path, a little run North on canalside then S, then return via the mind numbing 5mile dead straight of the path alongside the river Dee. Happy running everying- just catching up on this morning s race , I'll catch up on the back pages now
Still enjoying the 'afterglow' of a great day, tv coverage was good, like some others I had 1 second, I think it was during the second interview early on , & I was in loo queue in my bright red hoody with Olympics medics in big lettering on back - even at my age a glimps on tv is wow! Tv coverage of my pal John Bach was good , and a great time John. And great to see Iorwerth interviewed before & after as until the last hill we oscillated . Megalilly - things can get good in our 50s , in 2010 I broke my 24yr marathon pb by 3 mins, won my first ever race - ok only 6 of us doing the fetch mile -planned for ~7min - I got a v pleasing 6:49. And Saturday for me was amazing , I was full of nervous trepidation , more about rain than anything else, as I'd watched / supported the previous 2 years in atrocious conditions. But for me it seemed to click Saturday. An early pace with a pal, around sub5 goal pace and slightly under, then as he dropped pace on the long hill other side of Beddgelert, I just seemed to get in the zone. And Waunfawr and the last hill didn't seem as bad as I'd thought. Maybe the effect of early steady pace, 2 caffeine gels within 3miles, putting my tempo music on ( sorry if my mobile disco disturbed anyone at Bwlch y groes- most seemed to want eye of the tiger) and probably that I had some hill training in the legs. My usual 16 miler has testing hills in second half . And the finish photos seem to capture my sprint for sub 5- goal achieved . No445 davies. My only dilemma - can it get better? Must train for rain now !
in summary absolutely amazing - my goal was enjoy and if poss sub 5. Double acheived. 4;59;08 & my garmin recorded last full mile 9:17 and last 0.2 at 7:02 pace ho ho - poss not that accurate.my pace was steady early ,later with 2 caffeine gels i passed lots on the hill up Waenfawr. possibly to mark this as a 10/10 on marathon talk