Sorry for my absence recently.I've had a couple of work issues to work through and my eldest has had her SATS exams this past week so been pretty busy.Not really enough time to log on ,let alone post!
However have been out running,great stress reliever!Nice to just be doing some shorter runs after the marathon.Trying to build up some speed again.Need to book up some races too.Am though looking at doing the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in December so probably be marathon training again this autumn.Also will do Swindon HM in Oct,a local 5 mile race in July and a couple of other 10k races.
CW,I saw your post about Parkun in Abingdon.You will enjoy it,it's flat but varied terrain and nice mix of people.I can't make it tomorrow but will be going regularly over the summer so hope to meet up.
My sister is doing some running so I'll be doing the Swindon Parkrun with her soon too.She keeps fit but has never run much preferring the gym,I told her its time to get outside and much nicer too!She has taken my advice and now is even thinking of joining a running club!
Have a good weekend all.Anyone racing this weekend?
Still haven't mastered typing on this IPad,and not sure why the blank space below!
First run since London yesterday,did 6 miles and felt fine!Needed the rest during the week though.
Sal,yes ideal weather for Manchester today.Me and Jess did it last year and it was awful!Hope they sort the baggage out this year as last year some people were really suffering while being made to wait ages for their bags.Sure it will be much better!Well done on your tempo run!Those are great splits!
Working this afternoon as extra so need to get ready.This time last week was somewhere near Canary Wharf I think!
recovering well though have felt really tired.I think the adrenaline keeps you going then a day or two later there is a massive slump especially with all the excitement build up to the marathon and my bday!
However much at times it hurt on Sunday I love the challenge of marathons and so I have made up my mind to do 10 marathons before I hang up my shoes!I have done 4 so another 6!Daft or what!I always like a challenge and something to aim for.
Need to enter a few races,have a local 10k earmarked for June,Swindon HM in Oct and I've seen a 10 mile race in Devon in Nov.Will enter the ballot on Monday for London next year but if not successful will look at doing another marathon next Spring.
Havent run since Sunday but will try a few miles on Saturday and will get back to Park run bu probably not this week!
Typing on I pad so sorry about some missing letters on my race report.
Had some nice sweaty hugs again,said see you soon but then
had to run about half a mile before saw the 23 mile marker so that was quite demoralising as I didn't realise my Garmin was so far out!I think it was due to all the swerving around people.
The last 3 + miles were really hard but very exciting.I knew I could get a fairly good PB but didn't want to get too excited and have my legs turn to jelly!Kept looking out for Buckingham Palace,phew where is a palace when you need one!!Finally into the Mall.The last stretch I really wanted to enjoy but the finish seemed to be moving away from me or so it seemed!Felt great to finish,a mixture of relief,exhaustion and sadness that it was over.Time was 5 hrs17mins38secs so pb of over 11 mins.Total miles covered was 26.64 at average pace 11.54 so really pleased.Amazing day really for all the family too which was great!
Took my medal into the engravers today as it felt really special!Raised nearly ??1500 for my charity too.Fantastic day.
Feeling really tired after Sundays efforts.Physically and mentally but ha the most fantastic day.As some of you know it was my 50th birthday the day before the marathon so went ou to a nice Italian restaurant with my family,my twin sister and her children.Had a great evening but half my mind was of course on the marathon!
Awoke early on Sunday.Slept ok and a mixture of nervousness and excitement.Fire alarm went of at 6.30am,so all had to go down to the car park.Not ideal preparation as didnt know how long before we could go back to our rooms.3 firemen arrived and soon said it was ok.Think someone had burnt the toast for breakfast!
OH escorted me to the station and soon I was off to Greenwich Park with what seemed like a complete train load of runners.Everyone looked really excited.First got in the queue for the loo,always feel more relaxed once that's out the way!
then really just tried to soak up the atmosphere and hoped that the nice sunny but cool morning wouldn't get too warm.Found my baggage bus,met up with a local estate agent from my town who was also running for VICTA and was asked to help a couple of runners get their camel costume on which was great fun!
Started from the red start which I think everyone does unless you're an elite or celebrity.The start seemed miles away but got chatting with a few people and shuffled forward.Took about 30 mins before I went over the start line.
tried to keep between 11 and 12 minute miles as I knew this pace felt comfortable.Was really crowded though.Was difficult to keep a steady pace with people so close.Had a scary moment at first water stop.Someone threw their bottle
against the kerb so it rebounded and I stepped directly on it.Could've easily have slipped up there.Made a very conscious effort to look out for bottles after that.Parts of the course very busy.Seemed to be overtaking a lot of people so maybe should've started nearer the front of Pen 9.
Running past The Cutty Sark was a highlight as one of the familiar landmarks.Lots of noise everywhere,people shouting my name etcFelt really great.Just hoped I would be still feeling ok later!Saw my family at mile 12,had some nice hugs then off again.Had a lovely moment when ran around the corner and there was Tower Bridge.Wow,the noise here was deafening!Remembered what Martin Yelling had said at the Expo that 13 miles should feel really easy.Was at half way in about 2:35 so was happ with that.
From mile 15 it started to feel not so comfortable.The sun was right in my eyes and felt like it was getting warmer.Then my caffeine Shot Blocks whic I was saving for 18+ miles fell out of my gel belt.I didn't know what had happened until I tried looking for them but then remembered something fell earlier.Wa worried as was starting to need a bit of a pep up.Then started worrying that I needed the loo bu saw some loo queues and just knew it would take at least 5 minutes so thought I would hang on and try to put the lack of caffiene shot blocks and toilet ou of my mind.Was tough though and Garmin started giving false readings around Canary Wharf because of all the high rise buildings.So many people walking,had very brief 10 secs walks but that was all.Still felt fairly strong and tried to keep positive.
20 miles was a great boost,just a 10k left!Legs feeling heavy and tired,needed extra 10 sec walks but felt so determined to make VLM a good PB so head down,really loved the shouts from the crowd and knew I would see my family again between miles 22 to 23.Had an idea that I wouldn't stop running until I had seen them,I didn't want them to see me walking a step!So kept on running,kept to the right side as that was what we had arranged so loads of shouts from the really enthusiastic crowd.Where were they??Finally saw them when my Garmin was reading 23.34 miles!