Carl, I'm gutted for you but at the same time a little in awe that you got yourself round after what sounds like a pretty nasty fall. Give it a day or so but you may need to get someone to take a look at it to asses what you have done. Fingers crossed its superficial that will have you running again very soon.
i was concerned yesterday when I saw how clear the morning was, that the heat would claim a number of victims during the race. Both time I've ran London it has been really hot and although it makes the city look amazing as time goes on its a killer. I'd much rather the overcast cool conditions I ran in at Brighton. sadly like most aspects of running you can't control it.
Guys just popped on to say massive good luck to any and all who are running today. Go out and smash it but remember to enjoy the race, for anyone who hasn't run London previously, its the most amazing street party in the world. Don't get too focused on a time, relax, take in the crowds, take in the sights and feed of the engery that will be in the air. Don't go off too fast, stay hydrated (its gonna be hot out there) trust your legs and have no excusses come the finish line!
thoughts will be with you all today.
Carl, I've ran 3 marathons so far and my times have dropped by 30mins from 1st to second and by 14mins from 2nd to 3rd. I would say it depends on how much more you feel you are capable of. Based on your training times I see no reason why you can't push for that kind of improvement to your time. I had horrific build up to my first so knew I was capable of much quicker, my second I ran slightly injured but feeling ok but missed out on sub 4 and felt with a little better prep I could break that. next time I will look for sub 3:40 so only 7.5 mins to find but with slightly more focussed training I know I can do it. 3:30? Time will tell!
Wind Carter? I don't know what you mean, I keep blaming the kids but the wife is having none of it haha
Ricky, re. Trainers, I swear by Asics, specifically the gel Nimbus range. But to be honest I've tried little else, not the sort of thing I want to experiment with when I have a brand that works for me considering the cost. Getting some new ones for my bday in a month.
I'm gonna jump in on the mile 11 debate here. My garmin matched almost exactly mile for mile throughout the course. In fact it recorded my total distance as 26.35 miles which taking into account all the moving between people etc is pretty damn close. Mile 11 was the only mile that this didnt even come close to working with in fact I specifically remember it being way out. Not exactly scientific but thought I'd say (been reading here without posting on and off)
Incidentally, ran 3:47:36 a 14 min PB so very pleased
Loved the support for final 3 miles, much more up close and personal than London so you could really hear people calling your name
Right off for recovery run! Well done all those who ran
Hi to anyone from last year who is still following here.
Red, that's an amazing feat to attempt, as ever I am in awe of you! How have they been going?
Big, that's a fantastic effort to aim under 1:50 and smash it by so much you must have been really chuffed.
I was mainly popping in to report on Brighton marathon ran on Sunday. Some of you may remember that quite late on in my London build up last year I decided to go for a sub 4hr time only to miss out by 72seconds. Grrrr. Well Brighton fared much better, I ran a very evenly paced race (fastest mile was 21 and only really slowed about 30sec per mile for last 3) came in at 3:47:36. Really pleased good luck to any and all at London this weekend