hey ho! welcome back Matt! A new fresh start to another challenge - all the best - the main thing is enjoying it.
I been yo-yo-ing with the running (and dieting!) - couple weeks on and a couple off, due to work, uni (passed my FdSc with Distinction), and family - as my wife been hogging the club running nights as she is starting running so we got to share the kids!
I have booked in Chippenham half in September - aiming for 2:15. so good luck everyone on another adventure.......keep us posted.
Sorry for not submitting the report of my London race, thing have been crazy and with the internet down at home, and I had my university assignments to do with I left them til after London - not a wise move to do 3 whole modules of learning and assignment in 2 weeks.
Overall I am please with my London run, despite the start, started well with the pace for the first few miles, until mile 9 I started to feel a bit ill, so stopped and sat down for 4 minutes before continuing. But the next couple of miles was a battle with my mind, until I saw my family (My father flew over from France especailly to see me running) at mile 14.
The wise man told me to forget about the time and enjoy it, so felt better and more confident and continued with the quest, trodding along taking in the atmosphere and views, which was a blur to me two years ago and the first 14 miles. (Perhaps the view was a bit offputting in some places with people puking!)
And I crossed the line in......5h 52m so a PB here, and finished with a smile. Although I wanted a sub 5, I realsed with a marathon, small things even stopping for 4 minutes can dramatically reduces your target, so perhaps I was bit a bit optimistic expecially with the weather over long distance. So me next goal is to train for a 4:30 marathon, and that way I can get a sub 5 after a few setbacks!
So my name has been entered in the ballot.............(and my wife, as she was thinking about it after seeing the experiance watching the runners, but was crossed with me after I put her now down!)
However the most important thing about this year was meeting people on this forum and making running more enjoyable, in which is how you get through the distance. To be honest when I crossed the line, I still felt fresh I could go on for more miles (Hey - who said Ultra!!)
Hope to see you in future races and hopefully around on the forums.