So now the countdown to Boston begins! The ultimate Marathon Major. The Big Daddy of marathons. The prestigious qualifier. Our taper-ees Chick, 2old and DD are seven sleeps away from their rollercoaster ride around Boston. Anyone got a picture of a tapir?!
I really enjoyed the weekend away in London. Definitely made the right decision to defer - we ran 8M @ around 8:20 pace early Sunday morning and I don't think I'd have managed 13M, let alone 26!
It's the first time I've seen London from the other side of the fence but I was surprised by how crowded it looked from where we were stood. We were just before the turn into Narrow Street / 14M, then crossed under the road to just before 35km. We stayed until the 3:30 pacers were coming past on the return leg. It was hard work looking out for people who we knew, seeing a constant stream of runners going past and trying to spot familiar faces makes you go dizzy after a while!
I thoroughly enjoyed cheering on the runners, especially those heading towards 35km. We all know how much a little cheer or shout out can lift us in those darker moments - seeing people's faces light up, or getting someone to start running again after a walk break was worth standing around for hours with a full bladder!
We got to see Mo on both sides of the road - the second time was particularly special as we knew he was coming before we saw him. Every running on the other side of the highway was cheering and clapping for him, this roar just came rolling towards us like a Mexican wave and Mo came bombing around the corner!
Marathons are so, so tough. Even when training has gone 100% to plan, there are so many obstacles along the 26.2M course that can shatter our plans. We take the rough with the smooth, the highs with the lows. I honestly don't think those blindingly brilliant results would taste quite so sweet if we didn't miss a few times along the way.
Freemers, so sorry things didn't go to plan Your training has gone so well, you've been flying! We saw you just before 14M and you were looking good. Nobody ever wants to DNF but sometimes you just have to be realistic and look at the bigger picture. No race is worth crippling yourself over! I really hope you can get your foot sorted out. Glad you're feeling more positive. Have a fantastic holiday
AA you've done brilliant battling through all of the pain to still bag another sub-3:30. We shouted for you at 14M. Hope you're OK.
Minni you know you made the right decision, it's important to save those legs for the relays on Friday
Nice one Ant, and you were on the telly! You paced it really well - nice stats from the last 7km! Cracking result, you should be made up with that time. It's always such a buzz when these things go to plan.
KFC you're bonkers even turning up with the training you managed, and you still managed to finish in a time many would kill for. Hope you've run today
Congratulations on the BQ Nikki, what an achievement! It's always good to hear from the silent lurkers, hopefully the thread will help you out again in the future. Don't be afraid to post a little more about yourself and what you're up to
O4S - legend! No, you will not give up just yet! Amazing as always, great picture with you and BA too. No I didn't get the massive pasty - no marathon = no pasty! That's all I'm running next year for
At least you look like a quick swimmer Barry! Sounds like it's coming on well? Speedy tempo-ing as always.
Get that back looked at ASAP 2old, especially with a long flight coming up. Keeping my fingers crossed you get sorted.
Nice parkrunning Cooks! So soon after your spring marathon, I don't know how you do it. At least I'm ahead of you on the quest for the red tee, I'm on 36
Surely one clear year deserves a little celebration O4S? That's great news, so pleased for you
Signing up for your next marathon is classic taper madness Ant! You'll get that A target on Sunday Hope the toothache naffs off for the weekend...
Freemers I think it does last two year like GFA but I didn't want to give myself the option of still running it! Watched a five minute sped-up video of the VLM course tonight and had a little 'why did I defer?!' moment so it's probably just as well I did. Just as well you forgot the registration form today and not Saturday!
The new running group sounds good Pink. I always work harder when I'm running with someone else, it really brings you on!
How is your back today Chick? Are you enjoying the taper? An easier first few miles is always a good plan in a marathon, I can imagine there'll be a good bit of crowding to help you stick to the pace.
Jack as long as you've got your running kit, race confirmation, passport and money anything else can be bought. Nice taper dream Planes are always fun the day after a marathon.
AA it's not an expo if you don't buy a load of running kit. No judging from me on the music - I plugged into mine at 30km in Barcelona. Give over with the 'shit time'! You ran your heart out at Reading to earn that place, be proud to be the first to represent Team Minni on the championship start. Looking forward to hearing all about what it's like.
Minni it's all good carb loading I'm sure.
8M steady done tonight. Finsbury parkrun on Saturday, have any of you Londoners done that one? Planning on a 8-10 miler around the capital on Sunday morning, Parsnip and I are going to attempt to run alongside the last few miles of the route at 7am-ish. Not sure how dodgy a plan that is but there's always parks we can run round if we risk arrest.
O4S sounds like you've got a plan for all eventualities. Like you say - you have nothing to prove and there is still a good day out to be had.
Good news on the knee Freemers.
You'd better stick to that promise of not running Edinburgh Minni!
Hope you enjoyed the new running group Pink?
Good running Chick, take care of that back! The hard work is done now.
Oompa I'm a little envious too.... but I've never spectated at London so that should be fun. There's always another year
Well done on your marathon at the weekend Mr Z!
Yes Barry all this bike and swim training, get signed up for a triathlon! You never know, you might enjoy it.
Sounds like you need a few days off AA. It probably gets a bit tedious talking about marathons all the time Get refreshed over the next few days, all ready for that selfie with Mo on Sunday.
2old - get deferring! It only takes 20 seconds, enter your surname, race number and DOB, click OK and that's it. Considering how much of a chew on it is entering, it's a little bit too easy.
Business as usual for me, none of this taper madness! Track Tuesday was 4 x 800m, 4 x 400m, 4 x 200m. I probably enjoyed the 200s the most! We're in London Friday - Monday. It's highly likely that we'll be some of those irritating people drinking fizzy wine on the train on the way down, as there's no marathon to be run so we can get sozzled at 10am Looking forward to spectating. I've never watched a marathon. Will try to get to Chandos afterwards