Well done everyone and a great summing up by Superman.
I am pretty stoked with a 3:31:40. If I'm cheeky like Tony I can claim that my watch clocked 26.5 miles and 8 min miles so technically a sub 3:30 marathon. Tee Hee!!
I was at the bench at 8.23am and waited a while but nobody else came. I doubted I was in the right place so headed off to the Green start to join the loo queues. Sorry I missed you. I didn't see anyone at the start either as it was so cold we were all wrapped up in sacrificial jumpers and space blankets.
My plan to run with the pacer was hindered by celeb dodging in the first mile. For the sake of TV coverage they start at the front of the green start.and At the downhill stretch at mile 4 I somehow got ahead of the group and then couldn't slow enough to drop back. Miles 4 to 6 were run too fast but then I settled into a good pace and was really enjoying the amazing atmosphere. The pace group caught me up at 14 miles and I stayed with them until 24 miles when my legs started to complain. I was still on track at this point but dropped to 8.30 min miles.Maybe if I'd stayed with them in the early miles I would have just scraped the 3:30? Really not disappointed though as it was a fabulous day. We even got a lovely tech t-shirt in the right size instead of the usual cotton XL that fits no one.
Special thanks to Superman, the asics team and all the other forum buddies for great support and advice throughout our marathon journey. Happy running. xx
Pretty sick of carbs now. Bag packed, I think. Bound to have forgotten something. Panic setting in. How wet will it be? What extra dry clothes do I take? Will I make it to the bench and back to the green start in time? Will I uphold the honour of the forum and "not be shit" What if, what if !!!
Breathe and relax. Whatever will be will be. I intend to enjoy the experience and have a blast. Now where are those jaffa cakes?
Hope to see some of you at the bench but who knows. Good luck and best wishes one and all. xx