OMG I forgot Ant! Sorry Ant. Was lovely to see you at the finish and you totally got what you deserve. Perfect training all the way through and bang on target with a lovely pb! Love that photo of you on FB!
O4S - brilliant report and well done for a fantastic time. I was delighted when you text me yesterday.
((Freemers)) I was so shocked when I heard you didn't finish. I had you down for a stonking time. Absolutely the right thing to do to stop. After I did my HIM with PF I couldn't walk again for weeks and couldn't run again until November as you know. I would definitely recommend shockwave therapy on it though. Asap.
Minni - I hated leaving you outside the green start yesterday, Just didn't seem right not starting with you and being with all the girls on the green. I saw you just before the first mile where blue and green merge but you were going much too quick for me to catch you. Always the right thing to do if you know you're not right. When I saw you @22 miles I was glad you seemed ok.
KFC - that's a great time considering you haven't been able to do much in the last few weeks.
Jack - that must have been frustrating for you. I hope you were able to take in the atmosphere.
So, I left Minni at the green start and walked round to my start. The championship start was slightly intimidating and I felt obese!! Lots of very skinny men and women!! There were loads of loos. I joined a queue with 3 people in front of me haha! There is one baggage lorry and just before the start we were walked to right behind the elite men. I was about 12 seconds over the start. I did feel like I was going backwards pretty much the entire race! My plan was to stick to 3:20 pace. I saw my family and friends just before Tower Bridge which gave me a boost. I was still on target then. Seeing the elite men on the Highway was great, but I was gutted Mo was so far off the leaders. It started to get tough @16 miles. The pain in my stomach kicked in and I got a really bad stitch. I ran with this for @8 miles and my pace dropped dramatically. It really took my breath away. I wanted to stop and cry. My boy rang me @18 miles to tell me where they were waiting and I almost cried! I was glad to get back onto the highway and start to head back. I was now @8:30/8:40 pace. I knew 3:25 was slipping away now too. I saw Daren @ 21 miles which was brilliant, then a few minutes later I saw Minni and her family, shouted over Are you OK? Next up was 23.5 miles and seeing my lot. I stopped, gave Mr AA a kiss (23 years married yesterday!) had a little cry as I was hurting so much and pushed on. I heard Bro and Mr Bro shouting at me @25 miles. Was lovely to see them. Round the corner by the palace and 3:29 showing on the clock so put in an extra push to get under 3:30 by 8 seconds!
Today, there is nothing that doesn't ache. Can't walk downstairs, get in and out of chairs...all the usual fun! Think my shoulders ache because that bloody medal weighed a ton