Milton Keynes Marathon Race Report- sorry bit long.
I was very nervous before the start as my only other marathon was Manchester 2 years ago, which will be remembered for rain but then I had the great help of Jonah8’s pacing skills. This time it was a dry sunny day, up to 18c and I was on my own. Training had gone to plan with a great Grindleford Gallop result to prove I could do the time on feet.
Was glad to set off and quickly settled in to my target pace more using heart rate to make sure I was not going too hard, although it did feel easy at this point as it should.
It got lonely after the half marathon runners broke off after 10 miles but could see Alex from Devon and Cornwall ahead so kept him in sight and caught him about 11 miles. We then ran together till about 18 miles and ran well together even managing a 5:50 mile at one point but after a quick chat we settled down to our target for a sub 2:45.
We kept picking runners off, which is encouraging when you still feel good. As I passed the third place runner he said he was done and the second place runner was just ahead. I pushed on but Alex had dropped off and I thought he may have blown. Although there were no big hills the course was winding and undulating and this started to tell at 20 miles and I was working hard to try not to slows. At 21 miles I went straight passed the second place runner who I knew, he shouted some encouragement but was clearly not having a good day but had done London. Second place, this was now getting serious.
Around 23 miles the caught first place runner, as can be seen I was slowing and had to knuckle down for the hill at about 24 but after this I could not see anyone behind but fortunately I had a bike marshal ahead to follow.
It was great to see the stadium and run into it and round the pitch to the finish. I did manage to raise my arms for the finishing tape. .
From the splits a lot of runners died in the last 10k but was good to see Alex finish second. This part of the course was the most undulating just when you are getting tired.
I am only just calming down but my legs are still reminding me of what I ve done with going down stairs a major problem.
Cheers to all on this forum for all the advice that’s helped greatly.
Roll on Austria in October, but that’s another story