I stepped on the scales to stop my gluttony VTR. I have been very much over doing on the food.
Started to run again and did some faster running for a change, albeit downhill. Anyway 6 miles banked with 2 miles at pace. I'm already contemptaing another marathon, to get rid of the bad taste from the mouth so to speak
An INTERNATIONAL runner Badbark - the stuff of dreams really. All your dedication paid off.
Good result Rennur - you did as I should have done and went with what you could do rather than what you wanted to do. You've got everything to be proud of.
Top-work VTR - nice to get a PB and an example of the work that gets done yielding a reward when properly executed. The slight negative split shows an excellent pacing.
Good to read the reports of Moof, Poacher and PMJ. Racing to a goal in different circumstances with differing amounts of training and different emphasis and each doing the job.
I think I lost a lot of iron on Sunday too - I must remember the plasters next time and buy a red vest.
GM - thanks for asking about my whereabouts. Current location is still the UK. I'm job hunting on SA, but getting set-backs because I am not local. Currently making arrangements to get out there, hopefully with a job, but without if necessary
It's been a long time out of 'proper' running for me. Ongoing periostitis, originating in June 2013 has caused me to abort marathon campaigns in autumn 2013 and spring 2014. I've only really been able to return to running in August 2014. In the meantime I had grown very fat. The main goal of my running since August has been to get back to a basic level of fitness and shed at least 7kg by adopting a high fat diet – which also makes it difficult to run at pace anyway. I have made very limited long runs (16, 18 and 20) and minimal running at pace since August.
For the marathon itself, I ran the first miles at paces in the region 7:30-40. I knew from the start that I would be unable to sustain the pace but kept on anyway – not like me as usually I have a very good idea of what pace I sustainable. At around mile 8 I dropped out of the small group I had been running with and dropped the pace slightly to 7:50-8:00. I went through half in 1:42, but was already flagging and getting into a running debt.
In an attempt to plug the holes, I had sports drink at mile 14 and some jelly babies. I felt a bit more energetic, but the pace is plummeting from 8:00 at mile 13 to 8:45 by mile 21. I'm getting increasing wobbly. Somehow I'm down on the grass verge for a minute or so. I get going again, but short lived and down again. I can get up and start again. I try to run at 10:00, but I'm struggling at even that pace. Run a bit, walk a bit. I get worse and worse. I keep getting asked 'are you OK 440?' I always reply 'yes'.
It is increasingly ugly, I just focus on moving forward, but I'm also stopped at times with hands on knees. There are others around in a similar condition, but they still overtake me. The race finished on a track and a few metres before, one guy pats me on the back and says 'let's finish this together'. The ultrashuffle seems inappropriate and I run at tempo pace once I get to the track. Mostly I am relieved I finished and can count another one done.
So what happened? Obviously I only put in very limited training and really was under-trained to run longer distances and at pace. Firstly I ran the early miles too fast and I knew it when I was running them, but didn't do anything. I also think my lower back and hips don't have enough flexibility and this is giving me fatigue there. I'm not convinced with what I am eating suits marathon running either or if there is some further metabolic issue below that.
Anyway, I'll be back. Onwards and upwards. Next one possibly Pretoria on March 1st. In the meantime there's a lot of work to be done.
Great result Moof. You put a lot in the preparation and got a good reward. The conditions were a little tricky with the mud in the footpath stages and the wind on the southern legs and not a cool as we would have wanted which must have cost you a bit. Good to meet you before the start, even if briefly.
Nice to see that different session Gul.
Lorenzo - you are running well at the moment and I don't see any problem to get your B seeding. I think you can do either A-C of your options but probably better not to stress yourself with a hard 10 miler, so I would go for Parkrun or Easy run.
There is more to be learnt through failure than success many times in life and I got many lessons yesterday. Most importantly I didn't get an injury* and in particular no return of my periostitis. I made a brief report as follows.