if you go back to page 1138 of this thread you'll find his first post here from March 2008, de-lurking to get some advice on running a sub-3 (although by that time he'd already run a 72 minute half at Bath).
i'm back doing a bit. run-commuting and swimming. 24 miles this week is a start. But not sure I'll be running a marathon again soon.
I thought the conditions were OK. not cold and it only rained for 20 minutes. But I was a few miles behind the front and maybe it was more sheltered at the 13-15 mile section.
I actually really enjoyed it. I was running slowly and easily and there were no problems from my back until the inevitable right hamstring cramp. Obviously less fun after that, but it was really down to the lack of miles in my legs and excess lumbar round my belly.
i won't disclose the time as it isn't appropriate for this thread. My slowest road marathon, but not as slow as one of the off road ones I did.
Nice to see Rach and Gobi marshalling at the 2 mile point again, I stopped for a wee chat. Excellently organised marathon, loads of marshalls, quite a bit of support and lots of water stations and a well organised finish venue.
a good day to find some mojo - but my legs don't golf hurt right now!
Storming run from TT and a great one from postie, whose legs may very well be hurting more than mine by the sounds of it.
MrB: None taken. The new new bike (very nice Planet X) is getting used for commuting to/from work and the very occasional longer ride. My running is down to about 3 times/week. The issue is getting the mojo up to get out there more, especially as my back is pretty bad. About £400 on osteopath sessions over the summer helped loads with my upper back and neck, but my lower back is a real problem. The only solution is lots of stretching, which I hate, but it all means I can't run in the mornings until I've been up for a few hours for it to loosen off.
I'm making myself run Abingdon under-trained to remind myself why I run. Hope it works. I'd say I was looking forward to it if that were true!