Well, I managed 4:14:40 which is 21 minutes slower than my road marathon PB (although that one wasn't entirely flat!) so I don't think that was too shabby even though I was a little bit disappointed on the day.
I was annoyed about the start too. It was chaotic and while I was queuing for the baggage I was surprised the race was off early and while there were so many runners still inside. The communication could have been improved I felt. I did get caught behind slower runners on the narrow sections so I decided to enjoy it as a day out rather than get stressed about racing for a time. I did have a comedy moment with a 6 foot bloke skipping in front of me to avoid a puddle which I ran through. He didn't seem happy I splashed him. I wonder if he got round with dry trainers?
I think I must have been one of the last few through the high tide, which was interesting! Quite funny really, although having trainers full of grit for the last two miles wasn't much fun, but it did take my mind off the wind to some extent.
I did enjoy the race and the atmosphere was very friendly so I might be back next year. My legs are still complaining but I did manage a gentle 4 miles today which has helped loosen me up a bit. Yesterday I was wincing a lot!!
Zoe, I always lose my appetite after running a marathon and don't normally eat much after or the next day. Today the munchies hit, just in time for Christmas
I have a trail 18 mile race in January to look forward to, then the Grizzly and then another marathon. Happy Christmas everyone
Nerves are kicking in now.. I managed a steady 21 miles on Saturday but have not run since with a grumbling hamstring and back ache that I've not had this bad before plus a few domestic disasters have got in the way of a recovery run too! I'll try another longish run, 12-15 miles or so, on Saturday and then embrace the taper. Like everyone else I am trying to avoid any sort of bug, especially the sick bug that is doing the rounds at school. I am running a tight ship hygiene wise!!
I did my first long run in a month yesterday.. 17 miles of hills and mud and I really felt it. The last couple of miles were reduced to a shuffle. 4 weeks ago I felt invincible, now I am having a crisis of confidence. I suppose I've not run much recently, with 2 of those weeks being the taper for the marathon I missed and the other 2 weeks getting over this bug.
I will attempt a 20-22 road run next weekend... at least Portsmouth is flat... (ignores any prospect of wind/snow/high tides...)
Yes Joanne it was Broadway I did the half last year (the course was slightly different then as it started and finished at the tower) Well done on completing it, it is a tough but beautiful course. I bet the underfoot conditions were challenging.
I'm just desperate to feel up to running again so I can get some longer runs in and get my head back to marathon mode! I'll be sensible and rest up first though. Best of luck with the rest of your training, you never forget your first marathon! Well done again on completing Broadway.
I'm in! I was meant to be running a hilly off road marathon tomorrow but am laid up with a chesty cold. I couldn't waste all my training so I've just entered this one. Should be a lovely way to get in the Christmas spirit!
I've done lots of hilly training and this looks very flat so hopefully it won't be too painful, the brandy will help..