No. Combination of injury not properly shifted, slow recovery from Edinburgh and massive post smidgen-PB blues left me wondering what's the point! Sure I'll be reet though - seeing those great performances today has really inspired me that I just need to get the shoes back on and be sensible. London 2015 2:24 is my target. Base starts tomorrow.
Looks like you're in fairly fine fettle mate, any races coming up?
Yes, pretty good from Marigold wasn't it?!?! Awesome fella, so pleased for you. I'm tempted to start taking this running lark a bit more seriously.
Couldn't agree more Old No 7. It really bugs me when the commentators start banging on like that (even Paula was saying it - but then she was more often than not THE strongest runner in her races). Whilst it may be a fair statement in track racing, the marathon is a completely different kettle of poisson. I genuinely feel to get the best out of yourself in a marathon and to run optimally it needs to be as close to even pacing as poss. Look at Steve, Derek Hawkins, the Aussie lady, Shelley, Partridge - all ran fantastic races and had they gone at quicker paces earlier in the race, they would have suffered beyond belief and finished in a much worse position!
Selbs I know it's very hard to estimate re the conditions but what I will say in sheltered parts in that first 17.5 miles I found myself ticking along at sub 5:30 per mile pace vs an average pace across the race of 5:40 with no increase in effort. And I do think you feel the wind more if you're going closer to the limit. I wouldn't have minded that weather too much on a long run although it would have peed me off a bit. Still there's never anything that one can do about the weather so I'm not complaining just feels good that I think there's more to come off because of the shitty weather!
TT - tempting but we're expecting baby RJ no 2 at the beginning of October so not sure me disappearing for the weekend a couple of weeks later would go down too well.
It was 7 seconds actually SL 2:28:32 (for 8th place selbs). and yes I did run like a moron last year. I was most upset, but not surprised when you came sauntering past. I'm sure the weather alone was worth a couple of minutes on Sunday and I ran from 10k to the end on my own so no respite from the conditions until the turn, or the benefit of running in a group (if there is any? still not convinced). I'm also carrying a bit of an injury so hopeful I'll be knocking on that 2:25 door at VLM next year. Hope you and Padams can join me, but I wouldn't mind if you cant quite keep hold of me.
I've heard today that folks are going to be ok to get a GFA/champs spot from Edinburgh so top stuff selbs but PO10 wont consider the rankings unless EMF publish a full and comprehensive list of results. Means I may have to look for an autumn marathon after all!