Am sitting comfortably with no thoughts or worries about FLM!!
Not like last year....
Trained well and early and had put in 3 long runs over 18m - but have an ongoing achilles problem - that I had learnt how to manage - and FLM is flat which helps. Then developed a knee problem - ?runners knee ?inflamed bursa nobody was sure. Could walk no problem but couldn't run more than a mile before it hurt.
Steroid injection into knee. No running for 3 weeks prior to FLM - just xtraining in the taper. Had 3K of charity money raised.
Decided to walk it rather than defer. Then decided - would run as far as I could but take it really easy. Bought monster knee support.
I did it just sub 5 - the first half was good apart from the downhills (yes there are some downward slopes and I felt them all!) Then getting more painful - problem with running that far on an injury (apart from the obvious stupidity!) is that by the end you develop an odd gait to try to protect the sore part - so everything gets really really sore. The last 5 miles were agony - but resting didn't help! I had the benefit though of being pretty well trained - but injured - not undertrained and injured.
I'm glad I did it.
But.... bear in mind
I couldn't get down the stairs without holding on for about 6 weeks I couldn't run for nearly 6 months It hurt I didn't really ever intend to do another full marathon - this was my goal - so I sort of took my chances. Also knew that the knee pain was specific to running - so could still ride my horse etc once reasonably recovered.
Bear this in mind when deciding 'to go for it'or not. Hope it helps in some way. Remember if you end up walking a lot of the way - you will not be alone by any means - there'll be thousands with you!
Hi Hellen - weather where I am today (south-east) was hotter than last week! Was reading your posts and disappointed at your lack of 'wow I did good'! Yeah - so it was slower than you wanted it to be .. so was mine - and most on here. Be careful of running a marathon again so soon aiming for a better time. There must be a reason that the elites don't do loads every year!!!! I would worry that you will be disappointed -and injured - why not a shorter race - that should be a good time! - and then build up again to a longer one.
Still can't get down the stairs one at a time! - the knee is shot - can't see running again for months. My aims of 4.15 weren't to be. But hey - I can ride my horse without any pain (thank goodness!) - and even if I am not the runner I thought I was..... I DID IT!
Smile Hellen - be proud - don't let that little voice tell you that this wasn't a fantastic achievement. If you read articles by the great trainers - they say - use the first one as an experience - enjoy it - then set a time goal for the next one.
Sorry to go on - but - to be frank - you beating yourself up about how crap you are and how your time wasn't an achievement - has an impact on others - and takes the shine out of what they thought was special. YOU DID DO GOOD!!! Pat yourself on the back - and enjoy the memories (good and bad) of a great experience - that those that my sponsor money is going to - will only ever be able to see on TV (if they're lucky)