Poor day at the office for me. Worst marathon performance and finished at 3.13.32.
Main problem is I went off too quick dreaming that I might be able to manage a sub 3. (I was very confident of a pb, i.e. quicker than 3.06.) I was 1 min ahead of schedule at mile 9 (i.e way too quick) and then got a stitch. That's a bit of a problem for me but doesn't normally hit until later in the race. Anyway, I slowed down but still managed to get to half way under 1.30. However, I was struggling and it got progressively harder. Not helped by me forgetting to take my gels out of my bag before giving into the bag drop, which became a bit pressurised on the green start with longish WC queues and the lorries leaving about 15 mins before the start. Hey ho. Think I lost several minutes at the end without the gels.
Was very disappointed at the finish (only positive was that I hadn't actually stopped) but was made worse when I started to get severe cramp at the meet & greet area. After a few screams of severe pain I was escorted off on a stretcher by the St John's ambulance people! A bit embarrassing but they did a great job in getting me walking again Fine now, relatively speaking.
Brilliant day, although not the most enjoyable for me, sadly. Great support all round.
Congratulations Andy and Lit. Great running.
KR would you not consider doing VLM next year of the back of a good for age?
I might have to follow a sub 3.15 thread next year...
Very unlucky Tom. Conditions clearly against you today and you did phenomenally well to finish. I hope you can focus on the positives in the next few days and look forward to smashing sub 3 in favourable conditions. Your target was 10,799 secs; you did 10,811. That's still an A* performance.
I was taken out by a couple of boisterous dogs today. Ran into me from behind. First thing I knew of it was when I was on my back, swearing. Spent most of the afternoon being patched up but hopefully no serious problems - just bruising and gashes. Good news is that I managed to pause my garmin within a couple of secs of hitting the deck!