Some interesting marathon journeys - marrows give me hope with what looks like a 3.45ish to 3.10ish story (sorry, can't rem the specific numbers)
I started running in 2009
Spring 2012 - 3.59 with approx 8 weeks training, max 35 mpw
Spring 2013 - 3.39 16 weeks of loosely following P+D, max 45 mpw
Autumn 2013 - 3.52 no specific mara training but had done a fell ultra a few weeks before so had a few long runs under my belt
Spring 2014 - 3.54 after injury over the winter period, but was able to start running again 12 weeks before VLM
I would like to get to sub 3.30 and then I can retire!
Arrived in Boston today, feels pretty chilly. 15W I've been preparing for Boston by sightseeing, eating, boozing and getting very little sleep! the sleep bit is not by choice - my family all snore and/or sleepwalk or twitch all night! did have quick 20 min gentle spin on a static bike yesterday, but that's it. I may go again tomorrow as this hotel has a decent gym. And I'm not going to drink the night before, so that's adequate preparation!
I'll post details of my race number over the next day or so.
Yeah, 15w and Lit both guilty of sandbagging - think we all knew their targets.
I know a few people from the island who've had champs places and give good reports so you should go for it 15w. Well done btw - but I was never in any doubt that you'd do it!
Wenty - i hear exactly what you're saying re mortality. I didnt write this in my race report, but Saturday night I was sobbing in fear when I saw the weather forecast. The fact that I'd had a cold earlier in the week, my brother recently dropping dead from a heart attack and then the heat stroke factor were weighing heavily on my mind. The risks are minimal though and my chances of getting killed on the way to the start were probably higher.
Wow, what an interesting read the last few pages have been, loved hearing all your stories and I have so much to say to them, but I'd be here all night (and lose track). I echo what's already been said - so many top performances. And to those of us who didn't get what we wanted - don't be too down, there were no major shed collapses.
My mini race report is as follows - as some of you know, I've been injured over the winter and started back running 12 weeks ago. I've really struggled on my long runs and didn't really have a clue what revised target to go for - I had hardly done any MP runs and my LSR were far from easy. Anyway, decided that under 3.50 might be doable.
My marathon weekend was very hectic, far from ideal as I'd had a cold earlier in the week, a stressful journey and late arrival in London. And I was sharing a hotel room with 3 snorers! I didn't exactly wake up refreshed on Sunday morning. I bumped into another Manxie on the train - she was also on the green and in my pen 3 so we kept each other company. She was aiming for sub 3.30 (my pre injury target) so when we crossed the start she went off and I trotted along slightly ahead of my 3.50 pace. Cut a long story short, I was bobbing along quite nicely, definitely through half way on schedule. I'm not really sure what went wrong cos I still felt OK, slowing a tad, but thought I was still still on pace, although I was mostly relying on 'average pace' on my Garmin by now. Then I checked my watch against my pace band at around 19 miles and saw I was over by about 3 minutes (this was the first time I'd bothered to check the pace band ) It was then like a switch was flicked, I was so deflated and suddenly it started to really hurt. Like Ghengis says, I had devils and angles on opposing shoulders. The voice telling me it didn't matter won and I slowed right down. I rallied a bit at around mile 23 and put a bit of a spurt on, but it was too little, too late and I came home in 3.54.
I'm bitterly disappointed with myself, as this is not the first time I've let my targets slip for want of digging deep or letting some other issue affect me and upsetting my delicate equilibrium. I tell myself at the time that it doesn't matter what time I get but afterwards it haunts me that I give up easily when the going gets tough or when something doesn't go to plan. I don't think I will ever reach my goal of 3.30 - my body is possibly capable, but I'm not mentally tough enough.
On the positive side - I'm glad I actually completed the blumming thing, cos at Christmas I thought I was going to defer. Also, ordinarily I'm massively affected by even the slightest increase in temperature - so for me to be not acclimatised and be running in warm conditions is a minor miracle. Another plus - legs aren't too sore and I had not injury pain on the day or now (touch wood).
Right, just realised that this isn't a mini report after all. It's 10.20 in Toronto but have been up since UK 7am!