Hi all, I forgot to update after London so here goes - went out for my target marathon time since 2009 when I joined on here and did my first marathon in Belfast of sub 4 hours..London was my 7th marathon and I ran a really steady calculated race, but with starting in the wrong pen (4.45) and the garmin getting confused and telling me I was running slightly faster than I was...ended with a 4:00:23...desperately disappointed about those 23 seconds! Amazing amazing marathon though, cant fault course, organisation, water stops, support, anything, super day and I highly recommend it to anyone if they get a chance!
I had been helping a friend from work train for his first marathon in Belfast and decided to run with him yesterday for moral support, plus I always like doing belfast as the home marathon - for all its shortcomings! I managed to pace him in under his 5 hour target in 4.50 so he was happy with that, and I'm glad there's no more marathons for a while!
Usual complaints about Belfast im afraid - water bottles are a necessity, even small bottles, even every few water stops would be an improvement, and duncrue where they let lorries accross and stop the runners etc - the route definitely needs looked at, theres so much of the city that could be showcased on a reworked route!
Great to see some familiar faces yesterday, well done to everyone who ran Belfast- Martin good to see you around Gideons green I think? And mark ramsay as well, really happy to get the water bottle and support around lanark way! one2escape really good to see you finish, you've got the reward now for all those months of training - now is the time to rest for a few weeks and think about the next one! As for London, you can enter the ballot with no payment taken unless you are successful - or you can donate your entry fee to chairty regardless in return for a winter training top if you dont get in!
really good running weather out there at the moment...pity it isnt going to last into the weekend, London is looking like being a wet one unfortunately! good luck to all in London, maybe see some of you over there!
one2e great to hear you've got the 20 finished, massive mentally as well as physically - personally i didnt run all of my first 3 marathons so its nothing to worry about! i find having a short walk through the water stations (especially belfast with its pesky cups) is a good way to keep somewhat fresh, get water on board and relax for 5-10 seconds, as Leslie says, its a different ball game doing the long runs after a week of training / cumulative fatigue, as the races where you've the support on the course and a taper behind you etc
I got my final 20 done on sunday, and been running well since - i prefer a 2 week taper personally so will keep the miles up this week and drop it next week, 2 weeks out from London - then its just about staying healthy and not getting injured! Lovely weather for running of late, good to see some really good runs going in here, just in time for the summer road races!
i run in nike shorts, and adidas t shirts - both seem to fit me well - vice versa not so much - i have no idea why that is, but always seems to be the case - nike shorts much better quality than any others i have tried
well done to all at larne...beautiful conditions (as usual!) and enjoyed my run in the main - 1.46.20 for me, around 3 min faster than last year so happy enough with that PB - didnt enjoy the last 2 miles much though, managed to keep the steady pace but had nothing left in the legs to lift it!
Martin - mark mentioned that to me! good to see you, even if i didnt realise at the time! ran with mark the first 7 miles or so but lost him around the hill - never got close after that! super pb for him as well - i agree with the water issue near the end! - Queens on wednesday - are you in for it yourself? Ill give it a blast, not sure ill have recovered from today but nothing to lose!
one2E - well done on the time, good solid time for that half and plenty of time now before the full in belfast to build the long runs up - larne should be a good confidence boost too! ill second that about the glengormley hills, theres nowhere to run here without being up or down one!
Still one of my favourite races of the year, despite having entered months ago and then being told on the day they had run out of medium tshirts (the large one is a bit too big!) which was disappointing - as it was a really nice tshirt for a race but this is a minor point - all in all a great day
also great to see mags at the end - the end was a bit of a blur for me trying to catch my breath, apologies!