Not going to blame the shoes, or the weather or anything else. Took a high risk strategy (5:40s from the off with HH, Coro and a few others) and ultimately it backfired. Fine to halfway in 5:40s, managed 5:50s to 18 with increasing difficulty - the the wheels well and truly came off. I'd be surprised if my last mile was inside 7.
I haven't really done ANY reps in the build up this year - plenty of aerobic running - the high volume 3 weeks at altitude - and some tempo work - but the pace was just too close to the HM shape I'm in and my legs couldn't deal with the lactic.
74:04 / 81:21 for 2:35:25 - my slowest ever Mar RACE (did Luton in 2:35:46 as a training race as my debut).
In hindsight I ****ed up big time, because I honestly believe if I hadn't shot for the unrealistic sub 2:30 (or PB!) I could have run 2:32 without too much difficulty - been the club's third man home - and won the team prize / AAAs gold medals which our scoring three (me not included) lost to Tipton by 16 seconds.
I'm not saying I won't do London next year - but I think my next marathon needs to be somewhere different - I've had a disappointing race in 2009, and pretty awful today - so would probably benefit from a change of scene.
Well done to those of you who survived better / ran pbs, and to the others who had bad days..... I now know how it feels to have the wheels come off completely.
Evening all, rather than predict what individuals will do I'm going to stick my neck out and say that MP, SW and PM will all run 2:17:59 or quicker.
Am just sat here at the moment pinning my number and wondering what flats to wear.
I'd been planning to wear my trusty old tiger paws, but popped them on the kitchen scales and found they're an ounce heavier than my luna racers..... and the luna racers don't make me sore - they just don't feel that fast!
Or I've got my super lightweight NB RC130s here. Has anyone ever worn these in a marathon? Too far? Or a calculated risk. They felt amazing flying up the hill at Sutton Park last week - but that was only 5k!
The weather, hopefully it won't be hot until after half way - so in that case the plan is to stay well hydrated and go through half way in about 74:30 - if things are really good a 74:00 for a neg split PB. If not pull out another sub 2:30.
Marigold - my host at altitude camp wants to know how many miles you've done this week? He feels he needs to know of any uk runners doing higher weekly mileage than him - is there a quick link to your training blog?