Ok -update......................wait for this, ironic or what..................drum roll............
5 hrs. and 25 seconds
How is that even possible?, its ok I'm smiling, almost funny in fact.
My run went almost perfect, dream stuff in fact, nice easy jog, having fun, few toilet breaks and stopped for a minute to take off an extra layer as I was to warm. No problem, all under control - went through 20 miles with the 4.40 pacers, looking good, feeling fine.. A spectator even came out of a shop around the 21 mile mark and handed me a bounty chocolate bar -how cool is that
It was actually really nice just running with like minded, similar slower paced runners, but no less dedicated, just wanting to do it
Then..............BANG.cramp at mile 22-23, never ever had cramp before, and thought I had been shot -not good. Stopped, stretched and started, 400 yards later same again, somehow staggered on, not a pretty sight. Spectators and supporters at this stage were beyond good - humanity at it's best.
2.5 miles to go and the 4.50 pacers past, by this stage my calf was in spasms, Mr Blobby costume man past by (respect)
1 mile to go and I am moving, just!. 0.5 miles to go and a well meaning sole from crowd shouted "keep going only a mile to go"...... a mile!!!! you have got to be f****** kidding me. He was wrong but damage was done. 500 meters to go and 5 hr pacers past me - come on give me a break!!! -
It was really strange as at this stage all my senses had shut down and I did not even hear my other half who was waiting near the finish running and shouting beside me. Crossed the line, stopped the garmin (26.4 miles on watch by the way). Chip time by text.
But you know what, my kids are proud so I'm proud, I did it. I'm happy, sore and emotional, but happy.
Actually just had a nosey at the weather forecast just now - heavy rain with 45mph wind in morning!! -hope it changes for the better................. still t-shirt and shorts for me -hate wearing a jacket.