Dachs - I heard earlier this week that although the weather is still mild, the sun's intensity is as strong as summer. (I have a new tan line from my arm band.) I'm pretty sure that contributed to my dodgy constitution after the race, and might be a factor in you falling off a bit and feeling bad after.
Got myself a shiny new 2:39:19 PB (1:19:27 split). Bit unexpected, but took CD's method of starting off reasonably relaxed and seeing what pace that is, and then I stuck with that. Kept feeling I should moderate that a bit as 6:02-6:04 was, I thought, a bit rich for me. But the miles kept ticking off. I had an identical family boost to CW just before half way - it shows in my pace. The 'OK let's get this over with' bit where I need to dig in arrived later than usual and I tagged on to some strong runners to get home.
Downsides: bit of a sore foot where new (d'oh) socks seemed a bit abrasive. And the well dodgy stomach after which meant I didn't fancy a beer in the pub, missed the family celebration meal and ... well, I'll spare the details.
Really pleased to lead in the 'C' train this year and thrilled by the thread winner! Great to meet up with some of you outside the Red Lion.
Thanks for the beard advice and great Mike G picture - won't be going for the Mark Lawrensen haircut, though.
Well impressed with CD's sub-2:40 streak, and like the race strategy of "nice and easy to the first mile marker, and that'll tell me what MP will be, or thereabouts. Stay there for the rest." Not rocket science, but seems to do the job.
293 miles in March for me - one of my biggest months - including four runs over twenty miles.
16m last longish run today with a four mile MP effort in penultimate quarter which turned out to be about 6:07, but was in truth more than MP effort. So, about the same mileage as last year (PB), but with less quality I think and no races to check fitness. Bit fatter than last year and notably more bearded. Are beards OK for sub-3 marathoners?