Does anyone have an idea of what the temperature reached on the day? Sorry if it's on previous threads, but the reports said 19c, which sounds like in the shade and still conservative! I was thinking more around the 23c mark, plus the glare of the road and the fact that after mile 19 it felt hotter as the wind wasn't in our faces (whatever wind there was).
So much better than last year though in terms of the organisation - especially the finish. It was also great to see so many runners helping other runners in trouble, especially towards the end - truly made you feel part of something special.
AllieT - I feel for you.........a runners nightmare is I think the technical term!
My concern would be the hydration factor, as constant toilet breaks mean you will be losing nutrients, electrolytes, and water everytime you go. Personally I wouldn't risk since you run the risk of seriously doing yourself no favours healthwise. However, you could always make the call on Saturday, and if you have held down food and water for at least 24 hrs, you may be ok providing you re-assess your pace and go slower - your body won't be set up to do the initial goal time.
Whatever you decide, they'll always be another race.........
Training for my second Marathon (27th May) I went out on Saturday for a 16 mile run. I decided to run it slower than the previous week's 15 miler (done at marathon pace), and dropped the pace right from the first mile. However, at the 7 mile point I realised I was struggling to hold my HR below 160 - normally it would hover around 145-150 but for some reason I couldn't get it down. So, I dropped the pace but still felt like it was a struggle.
By mile 10 I knew I wasn't right and by mile 15 was struggling along big time. By the end I was dragging my feet along and it felt like the end of a marathon, not a 16 mile slow run!
I'm around 30-35 miles per week in training, so I know it's not a fitness issue as I did 15 the week before at a faster time, and had a couple more left in me at the end.
Any thoughts on why I experienced this? Weather wasn't warm - could be just a bad run?
Charles - a few people have mentioned the long slow miles here which are crucial to get that endurance base before a marathon. If you had been doing your long runs at near marathon pace, then yesterday could have been burn-out, since long runs at this pace will likely injure you, or take so much out of your legs that you didn't have much on the day.
Second potential solution would be a virus or illness you maybe didn't know about? A virus can raise heart rate and make a normal run seem like a nightmare.
Either way, I reckon you should sign up for another just to be sure!!!!
When you click on 'sign in' on the home page, it takes you to the Sketchers website, rather than the logging in page. It's only when you go to forums that you can log in correctly.....looks like the advertisement takes over the login page...