Jools - fantastic to take another few minutes off. Do you think you can improve on that?
SL and Lev - nice to meet you both. I enjoyed the surreal moment at the finish when I realised we were all so close given I hadn't seen you for the entire race! Well executed races, much more sensible than what I did.
Banksy - unlucky, but it will come.
Well done to other inc. LukeS, KeithD, Crab, OS, CD, ES,Sweedo, Jimbob, DS2, Ticktock, Steve6 and others I've probably missed.
Good to see lots of people at the Red Lion - sorry I didn't stay long but had arranged to meet some friends at a different pub.
Some fantastic results from those I spoke to at the Red Lion, almost everyone seemed pleased. Looking forward to the report!
Quick one for now, report to follow tomorrow probably, but in summary:
- went off too hard (33:55 chip time at 10k) - backed off knowing this wasn't a good plan - HW in 72:5x (too fast) - waited for the inevitable implosion - implosion never really came, and managed to hang on for 2:27:53 gun time (which is what they seem to be showing on the results for some reason). Hamstrings threatening to cramp was the limiting factor.
Obviously a 2 min +ive split so not ideal, but very pleased with the result given I missed a couple of long runs and expected more of a fade after that HW split. And the legs don't actually feel too bad now (but I'll get back to you on that situation tomorrow!).
Coro - I'm planning to start a bit quicker than that but will probably see you briefly around the 20M point. Spotted you on the C4 Brighton coverage a couple of weeks ago - a big shot of you virtually running backwards looking at something. I then looked up your result and figured you must have run with the Mrs!
RS - bet you'll be pleased to get that qualification done! I can't imagine having to do a dissertation, I hated coursework and am more of an exam person.
CL - you definitely earned that kebab with that training run!
5M easy yesterday - felt lethargic (usual for the taper), but pace was faster than it felt. Rest day today (first in a couple of weeks), then a few miles tomorrow to keep the legs loose. Just want to get on with it now, and the weather's been ideal for the last few days.
Forgot to mention JCT before. I have no idea what the test involved, but I imagine it was rock-hard and probably a lot more traumatic that running a marathon, Ironman or any other endurance event.
I have a Bananaman costume at home - does that count as a superhero? I remember when Andy Norman and others did a local race (against some decent runners) for his stag do and I think 4 of the top 5 were He-Man etc. - there were some awesome photos of it.