wardi, HR, JH1, TR, selbs and PP - cheers! That run was a long time in coming!! Three years in fact, so selbs - keep the faith mate! There were lots of times during this past few years that I wasn't even sure I'd run a Mara again, and sub-3 seemed a pipe dream. So to be back running very close to my best is great really. I'm chuffed!
And wardi - £240 at Specsavers, and as she was waiting for them to make the glasses we got a call to say they'd found her original pair after all, totally unscathed...... Great! So that made a quite expensive weekend into a very expensive weekend. I'm almost tempted to drive to Leeds just to get a free burger and bottle of fizz.
Anyway, my race. I was delighted with my second quickest time ever, running 2'51'50. I've worked bloomin' hard over the past few months to get into that shape, so I'm chuffed!
I was fairly relaxed re the race TBH. I went for a short warm-up on the road outside the FGFA area and didn't get in the pen until pretty late. So it took me 35 seconds or so to cross the line. I just ran to feel, but wanted to set off sensibly and try and crank it up. My first mile was a 6'42, so I was bang on really.
Caught up to TR around the 10 mile mark and had a brief chat, and also passed RB at 17ish. Don't think I saw anyone else though!
I just ran totally by feel and occasionally checked the time on the mile markers.My 5k splits were 20'29, 20'16, 20'09, 19'56, 19'43, 19'59 and 20'14 to 35k. I then lost a little bit of time in the last 3-4 miles (maybe a minute or so?) but I was going as quickly as I could!! I glanced at my watch at the '800m to go' sign and knew I had to run a 3'05 800m rep to sneak under 2'52. As it was I managed a 2'55 rep by the looks, so I was pleased!!
Briefly saw TR, Dan and JH1 immediately afterwards, but couldn't make the Red Lion as I had family with me. I did get out for a beer Sunday evening with njord, Caz (Mrs. njord) and HR which was great.
Oh aye, and I saw wardi out for a little pootle along the South Bank on Saturday morning. Really sorry about you getting clipped
All in all a top weekend away. I really enjoyed it!
Blimey that was one hell of a read back. It's honestly taken me longer to catch up on here than it did to run the race on Sunday!! I didn't get back til late Monday, and with work and other stuff I've caught up with the thread bit by bit.
Anyway, some superb performances as ever. Marigold - wow, simply amazing!! Likewise from bufo, Ryan S, LukeS, Spirun, OldNo7, HR, CL and DS2.
But a special mention for CC2 for nailing what the thread is all about. Fantastic!! Really pleased for you!!
Really solid runs from CD, Lev, coro, CW, OS, postie, Al_P, SL and TR too.
And top pacing duties from PP and Bedders!
Sorry to hear that others had a bad day for various reasons - Ode, wardi, sweedo, bainspj, runningeye, Dachs, JH1, AW, Yasanuga, Toro, jonny and Mr. B
And really sorry to hear about selbs' injury woes again