well done all on lisburn, great to see you Paul and Mags at Lisburn - also Mark and Martin - great evening for the run, not quite as warm as previous years - I ran the 10k and enjoyed the course again - aside from the very start and the last mile or so where it gets quite narrow - great event as usual from Lisburn
Having to get the head down from today onwards and get the miles in for Berlin in September - anyone else here in for that one?
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