Went on supports gp 7 thread to say thanks but I think it's a bit dead on there so thought I'd repeat my thanks here where everyone seems to be. It was far harder than I imagined on Sunday despite some good training runs and doing every single bit of training in the Real World Training Schedule in the marathon mag. By Mud Chute I was feeling nauseous and a bit light headed so a big thanks to Group 7 supporters for setting me off with a new bottle of water and my cereal bar. I felt like I was probably a bit incoherent by that stage - I took the decision to walk the next mile to get myself back on track and then ran/walked the rest of the course. Dreadful time - 6:11 instead of predicted 5 hrs. Also I feel like I haven't "run" the marathon as I walked some of it. Perhaps I'll have to give it another go...??
Well done to everyone! It was so hot out there. I really struggled in the second half and had to walk/run a lot of the last 10 miles which was really disappointing but it was either that or throw up so I took the easy option! The RW supporters at MudChute were great - they kept me going knowing I could collect my cereal bar and extra hydro drink - couldn't stomach the sickly Lucozade sport! I don't know what time Rio managed in the end but it seems like we had a similar race. I was over an hour above my hoped for finish time completing in just over 6hrs. I can't believe I'm saying this but I think I'll have to come back next year to try again!!
Thanks so much to the supporters. Mile 17 was my low point so I was a bit of a wreck when I stopped to stock up my hydro sport and cereal bar. But it was hugely appreciated and kept me going from Mile 15 knowing you were going to be there. I was feeling quite light headed and nauseous at that stage but decided to walk the next mile to Mile 18 and then picked up again. Did a very slow time but was determined not to jeopardise finishing by pushing myself too hard in that heat! Once again many thanks for all the organisation that went into getting everything there!!