First all of thanks for all the kind words everyone.
I arrived in Frankfurt on Friday and being a bright spark didn't bother to take the hotel address. I thought it was round the corner from the station. So after an hour walking with suitcase and bag a kind lady in a coffee shop walked me there! Much too tired to eat out so had coffee and chocolate in my room, it's all carbs!!
On Saturday I met up with a few folks and we went for a run then after breakfast to the expo. Picked up all the bits and bobs. I hadn't run much in the last 2 weeks as every time I did the ankle hurt. I bought some KT tape and got it taped on the Saturday as the early run had made it sore again.
A good night out on Saturday then to bed. All felt very surreal as up until Saturday night I really didn't know if I would run but decision made. I would go for it. The training had been great and I had to try.
So on Sunday I set off at 9am shaking like a leaf as usual. Got into the pen about 10 minutes before that start. So a new experience for me (sort of) running to kilometres. Tried to write the splits on my arm as didn't bother with a pace band but ran out of space so every time I passed a km sign I added 4:37 onto the goal time. It passed the time. The ankle was ok, just a dull ache, until I crossed tram lines and there was a tiny incline around 20k and then the sharp pain started. Thankfully it didn't get so bad that I had to stop but I was close at times. I knew my pace was dropping but from the start I walked through every water station as I cannot drink out of cups. Also it did help the ankle so nothing lost in the long run. By 30k it was really hurting and if I had seen my friends at the road side I would have stopped for more tape and painkillers. Pleased I didn't see them!! So I just started to count steps to get to the next km marker. Not a good run from about 35km, just gritted teeth and trying to shorten my stride. Made myself keep counting, 180 steps a minute. By that time I thought 3:15 was long gone so as I ran in to the festhalle and stopped the watch I couldn't believe it was still on 3:15. Not sub 3:15 but I was so happy with the chip time of 3:15:16. Of the 5 ladies there I was slowest, one was 10th and one 12th and another sub 3, they are stars and such lovely folks!!
Anyway when I stopped I was staggering all over the place as I couldn't put weight on my foot. Made it back to the hotel and the only thing I could face was a bottle of diet coke! Oddly the ankle is much better in heels so the celebrations at night were in my 4.5 inch heels
Still sore today but I have lots of time to recover and best of all I know I can do sub 3:15!! And I was told I'm the 3rd FV45 in Scotland! There may only be 3 of course!!
Had a read back!
NN that was some track session, 5:45mm!!! Great racing too.
MG1 you have made a great recovery and doing 16.5m so soon after your marathon is fantastic.
NP that sounds like a great holiday but Buddy will be pleased to have his run partner home!
Stuart, intrigued by your 'daft' plan for April!
Stewart sounds like the right decision for the race. No point if you are going into it tired and not on form. Especially in those conditions.
Michael and RJ fantastic times by you both, looks like it was a good weekend for the thread!
Will attempt a race report next but I am one of those folks who cannot recall it mile by mile