Iain - sounds like you had a fantastic time. The support at London is second to none. I think you don't really understand until you've done it. I can't believe you are that quick on that little running.
Jacky - that's a fantastic run for a first marathon. How are the legs? Lots of us on this thread started off with not so quick times and have got quicker using shades' plans and variations of it. My first marathon was 4:43. The second was 4:08. I think in part its just having a decent stretch of base mileage which helps. Shades is right, your pace will come down. It probably seems unbelievable but it will. My MP now is quicker than my tempo pace when I was training for my first marathon.
SK - a 5 min PB at that time is absolutely fantastic, particularly as you were struggling with the ITB from 16 miles. I think your marathon training schedule is pretty punishing, I can see why you are not that keen to do it again soon.
I've read the thread on RW about the cheats and it's appalling! Hopefully they will all get DQ'd and banned for life. What on earth was Natasha Argent thinking? There have been some amusing tweets about it though.
Ian - so sorry to hear about your ligaments but I'm glad you have a doctor on tap. That is going to be very useful! Wishing you a speedy recovery
BigG - I'm sorry you are not well, no-one would ever think you were wimping out. You have absolutely done the right thing, I hope the Dr gets to the bottom of it and you start to feel better soon.
Shades - saucisson??? In an English race - that's bizarre. Still haven't booked an autumn marathon yet but I have tentative agreement from my husband to do one. He wants me to wait until the football fixture list comes out (in June) before I book it. I'm looking at Bournemouth/Chester and I'm on the waiting list for Yorkshire which is the following weekend. I have no idea whether there is any chance of actually getting a place at Yorkshire from the waitlist. I am about to book Brighton again for next year. I feel the need to do it again and exorcise the toilet demon that slightly ruined the race for me. Plus its an easy weekend away for me from London.
Mamafox - I didn't realise overseas runners can't enter via GFA. Are you going to try in the ballot?
Yellow - welcome! I did Abingdon last year, its a great race. Can't do it this year as I'm away unfortunately. I did my first marathon using Shades' plan and only running 3x a week. 4x a week is still a decent amount of running.
Intervals for me yesterday. I might go for a run later on today, but I have the day off and I'm going shopping (it's my birthday).
Absolutely fantastic running Shadies!! Loved tracking you all, although I gave up on the app as it wasn't updating properly. Thank god the website was working. I was willing you all on in the last few miles.
Iain - amazing splits and I know you were after a sub-3 but you absolutely smashed it!!!
SK - fantastic running, and you got that sub 3hr 10 you wanted. Very pleased the ITB didn't hinder you too much. What was it like being on the championship start? I had Kelly Holmes on the tracker as well and you were beating her all the way round
Jacky - you ran a fantastic race, that's a such a long time to be out on your feet. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. London is so busy that it can be difficult to find your pace.
Watched the elites, amazing that the winning woman fell over and still managed to finish. I was surprised the winning man wasn't more aware of the time. Don't they have car with the time on it in front of the leaders? he didn't have a watch on but he was so close to the WR.
Just been out for 5 mile tempo run, my legs are back in business.
Shades - I love the list, it's really good to see what everyone is doing.
VLM runners - I did a 5 mile slow run around the Thames on Thursday and soaked up a bit of the London atmosphere. The barriers were up already, as was the 25 mile and 40k marker (huge! I don't remember them being that big). Excited for you all. It looks as though the weather is going to be ok. Enjoy the race, can't wait to hear the reports and I will be tracking you all.
Mowzer - I'm in awe (and a tad jealous) at your sub 4hr time, how you run those times when you are doing so many marathons I have no idea. My legs are definitely in need of a rest, the idea of doing London this weekend after Brighton last weekend is not at all appealing!
KK - well done for volunteering!! Hope it goes well
Sorry for short post but it hasn't been a nice morning here. We came out of the house to take the kids to their tennis lessons and noticed that the house opposite had been broken into overnight. The occupants are away on holiday. Had to phone police and wake up the neighbours who have a key. We are all feeling really shaky. Apparently they have totally ransacked the house and have left muddy footprints on the furniture/carpets.