Lesson 6 is a given surely? I saw that photo of Gordon's black and battered eye the other month!
Wabo - I'm not known for being sensible but on this occasion I guess I had to be! When I saw a friend of mine from the club, himself a 3hr30 man, struggle home in 4hr15 or something, I thought it's just not worth all the pain!
At least my legs have recovered ok, but I'm taking it easy for a while - no more 160 mile months or 60 mile weeks for me for a while!
Lesson 1: Try to stick to a recognised training plan rather make it up as you go along
Lesson 2: Do more speedwork, Marathon Pace runs and a few races
Lesson 3: Get tight hamstrings treated early rather than hope they'll just go away
Lesson 4: Don't get a cold that lays you flat for the 3 weeks before a marathon
Lesson 5: A DNF is not all bad, I convinced myself it takes a lot of inner strength to make yourself give in and hop on the bus back to the finish!
My first ever DNF, but I'm not too surprised. There's no way I wanted to struggle around from 15 miles and do a 4hr20+ marathon in such a small field. Not at all defeatist just a bit of realism. I wanted to run 3hr40 and until 13 was on track but of course that doesn't count! At least the ride back in the ambulance with 2 other men my age was enjoyable (N.B. 40 something year old men are obviously more prone to DNF than others!)
Now I'm home my legs are in a little bit of spasm and there's a touch of sciatica thrown in for good measure. I shall buy a foam roller this week and get back to some short stuff for a while.
Great to see Fido (just the once) my enthusiastic High 5 was all show of course, by 14 miles the writing was on the wall!
On a positive note Alastair from our club came second in 2:32 which he's delighted about!
Been feeding up today on all the right things (which for me has been a glut of nuts, cheese, full fat milk, salmon, eggs, seeds, salad, vegs, full fat Greek yoghurt with, yes you've guessed it, nuts and also plenty of water through the day)
Off at 6ish in the morning, meeting up with 2 or 3 other New Forest Runners there, will start off steady and see how I feel. The forecast is looking ok, a bit breezy perhaps, but warm. I'm taking no gels or water and will rely on the water around the route (as per all my training runs) although may tuck a few things in my pouch.
I haven't raced for yonks, but I've enjoyed the training. Plenty of miles in the legs this year so hopefully it will all pay off.