Congratulations to Chick and Shazmo on what sounds to have been a tough Boston!
Not too soon to think about next year's Spring marathon, though it is tempting fate. I've entered Brighton, which is two weeks before London, to give me an extra option. Having run both (in different years, I hasten to add) I think Brighton's more likely to get me a good time, though London of course has more atmosphere, not that Brighton is bad for that either.
I did a 17-mile hilly cross-country run/ walk on Sunday. It was rather damp and any running was slow. However, what I found interesting was that my legs have since felt loads better than at any time in the period which started 10 days before London. I don't understand why.
Lit - Thanks. Absolutely brilliant run, and epic report too! Well done indeed. I have come across Johnas, though our paths rarely cross, since I don't tend to do many club sessions. Until now I've done quite a lot of races, however. He puts a lot back into the club as he coaches on the club's track session night, which I rarely make as it's on a Monday at 7:30pm.
SGB - I had a TW harrier as my private unofficial pacer for the first few miles of VMLM. Do you know Johnas from the Stevie G thread? Picture here (scroll down) - he looks manic and beardy, I look unimpressed.
DT - Lit is correct. The qualifying "good for age" time doesn't have to have been run when you're at the age you are at the start of the race. I was 60 in July 2013. I ran Brighton 2013, in April 2013, in 3:32:59. By the date of VMLM 2014 I was aged 60. The age 60 qualifying time for VMLM 2014 was 3:45, and the fact that I'd run it when aged 59 did not matter.
BTW I can only look with envy and admiration at your (and GK's) times, so I don't think either of you should be at all down on yourselves!