Hi all, I'm just de-lurking to say a huge well done to everyone who has raced marathons over the last two weekends. There's been some fantastic performances and race reports, which have been very motivating for me - though I had a disappointing VLM myself.
I managed to go sub 3.15 last year with a 3.14.37, but decided to a bit braver this year and train for a sub-3 attempt as my half and 10K times indicate that this may be possible. Although sub-3 was never really on, I went through halfway in 1.32.22 so thought that something in the 3.05 to 3.10 range was possible. However, I continued to slow and by 16M knew that this and also any hope of a PB had gone as well. I had a very tough final 10M and crossed the finish line in 3.24.02. However I'm pleased that I toughed it out and I managed to finish as I was desperate to stop at 16M!
I'm would be interested to know what plans everyone followed, particularly those who had breakthrough marathons, as I'm doing the Yorkshire marathon in October (though will probably be more realistic in my target time!)
After the highs of VLM I quickly picked up a cold, but at least it was after the race not before!
I've really enjoyed reading all the reports and have been massively impressed by all the performances, both from those that smashed their goals and those that just missed out but still touched it out. I know I owe you my race report, so promise to get round to it soon
A quick question for you all as a GFA virgin... The ballot opens on Monday, but GFA details aren't going to be announced until May. So I guess there's a risk that they could change the rules for 2014. Should I therefore enter the ballot and then try to convert this to GFA after details are announced in May?