I almost feel like I could run a marathon today...almost. Need to wait until tomorrow for recovery run though as too busy today. Glad your legs are ok now Khani.
Shades - I will do as suggested and longer runs up to 16 miles. If I have time to add in a 4th run a week, is it better to do hill repeats or intervals/fartlek?
Claire - I did what Shades suggested - bought a pair of trainers full price before Christmas and then after Christmas they were on sale (and still are) for half price so I bought another pair. Once you are happy with them, you can normally pick them up half price later on.
Rattler - I was looking for a half and spotted the St Albans one but I think I can't do that weekend for family reasons. Still on the hunt..
Good luck for Manchester, Molly and S3200H.
Molly - I love shopping, but shopping after a marathon is nuts
It all seemed to run like clockwork. Especially given the events in Boston and the speed with which the organising team sent out emails, organised the ribbons etc.
Sponorship is now at £2380 and will make £2880 once work have matched it. Really really pleased with that.
I want to do a half next – get my PB below 2hrs since the only competitive half I've done I had been ill just before. Shades – have you got any half training plans??? Sounds like there are a few of us that would be interested
Hello, just coming to let you know how I did and to check on the other VLM runners. Very well done to slowkoala (more like speedy gonzalez! ), sofaboy, khanivore and rattler. Sounds like you all had good races!
I finished in 4hrs 43mins 3seconds. It was going to plan for a sub 4hr 30 until about mile 16 when realised that I couldn't maintain the pace and got gradually slower. I changed my focus to simply finishing at that point. There were so many people dropping out, walking, with cramp that I thought if I finish I will be happy.
The last 8 miles were really hard and I kept feeling like my left hamstring was going to cramp up so I had to take it relatively slowly. If it weren't for the crowd yelling my name (thank god I had it on my shirt) I think I may have walked towards the end but I ran the whole way. I felt really rough when I finished but once I'd managed to get some fuel down me (orange juice did the trick) I felt better. Pretty stiff yesterday and today but in some ways not as bad as I thought I would be. I can go up and downstairs without too many problems. Thinking about running again on Thursday.
It was much warmer than predicted (not sure how warm it ended up) and I'm glad I put suncream on. Still caught it on my face a bit but I would have frazzled otherwise. Not sure if it was the heat that meant I couldn’t keep the pace up or the fact that I had to dodge so many walkers/slower runners. I started in pen 8 and even though I was at the front of the pen, there were just too many people in front of me who were walking. I could see the 4hr 30 pacers at the start but lost them pretty quickly due to the sheer number of people. If I did it again, I would put a much better predicted time on the form and get put in an earlier pen. It took me 20 minutes to get across the start line. There were also points on the course (mile 10 and in docklands) where there wasn’t really a tape holding the crowds back and they had encroached onto the road so that the whole course was narrowed and it turned into a bottleneck. But the crowds were the whole reason I wanted to do London and they are the reason I managed to finish.
1) The atmosphere at the start, just amazing.
2) Managing to see my sister and BIL at mile 11, really gave me a boost
3) Half way point, smack on 4hr 15mins and the band in the middle of the road were playing Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer – as I got there, they were belting out "we're halfway there…"
4) The number of people yelling my name. Couldn't believe how many people did and how much of a boost it was.
5) Someone telling me at mile 21ish that I looked as fresh as a daisy! (I didn't but it made me laugh)
1) My nan passed away on Saturday so emotionally it was a very hard day. Especially between miles 5-6 when a pub was playing a song that reminded me of her.
2) I missed my husband and kids as they were on the opposite side of the road to where I was expecting them (but did meet up with them at the end)
I have got some really good pics – thanks to someone who told me to smile and wave at all the photographers. There is a pic of me at mile 25 smiling and waving even though I was in absolute agony. I am thinking of forking out for the whole set. I am also going to enter the ballot for next year but I'm sort of hoping I won't get in. Maybe 2015? I can't remember how many times you need to enter the ballot before you get an automatic place?
I have to say, the whole organisation was simply superb. It all s
Shades - London is my local marathon too My sister wants to do Berlin as apparently its a good one for a PB. She's nearly got an elite time though so I would finish a good hour and a bit after her even if she can persuade me to go with her. I have supported my local 20 mile race though and there is a 10k a few miles away that I do every year.
I've had my toddler throw up on my tonight - add that to your marathon checklist. I'm just praying I don't get it....
Just checking in now in case I don't get another chance before Sunday to say thanks very much to Shades for the plan. I can't believe I only have 1 more training run left before the VLM.
I got my name put on my running vest yesterday and was feeling excited and nervous but then last night's events in Boston have really put a dampener on things. Really can't believe the mindlessness of targeting a marathon. Having lived in London during some of bombings, I am also pretty defiant and I expect like a lot of people feel that there is no way that terrorists are going ruin the race.
I have had a chuckle about your checklists Khani and Sofaboy. I feel horribly disorganised at the moment. Have being trying to get early nights but the smallest child is not letting me at the moment. I've told my husband he is dealing with him later on in the week!
I am going to the expo on Thursday afternoon and will pick up pacing band/s there. Not sure what else – maybe swing over to the RW stand and see the pacing team. I've got gels organised and my kit is basically there unless it turns into a heatwave in which case I'll have to rethink.
Iain – it would be such a shame if your friend wasn't able to run or defer – I got a charity place and I'm pretty sure I could defer to next year. The money I had raised would be rolled over so I wouldn't have had to raise it all again.
Sofaboy – I've reached my target but only had to raise £1500 – on around £1700 at the moment. Sounds like you will get there though. Well done on the charity evening it sounded fantastic - must have taken a lot of organising. I have been overwhelmed by people donating lots of money – some I haven't seen since I went to school and who don't and have never lived in the UK, but through facebook have seen my posts and donated £100! My work will also match some of it so I knew that if I could raise £1000 I would make it to £1500. Still trying to push for some more though. There should be an article in my local paper tomorrow with the website link so I will see if that brings any more in.
Slowkoala – you must live close-ish to me. Also no tube line working this weekend. Honestly – you would think they would have all lines working for marathon weekend. Anyway, I can get the Central line in but more hassle as I have to get to a different station and harder for my husband who will be going in with 3 kids, one of whom is in a buggy.
I'm already thinking about doing another one, although not for a while, for similar reasons to Sofaboy. Having said that, I'm going to apply through the ballot for next years VLM - probably won't get in anyway. I think I want to target a sub 2hr half next. I most definitely will not be doing an ultra…Shades – you are a mad lady.