Way past bedtime on a schoolnight, but I'm so glad to have read this thread back and relive the joy/heartache of the day (and empathise with the return-to-running trepidation afterwards). Big congrats to Matty and his fiancée after a trip to Paris!
I read back on this thread periodically to try and remember that running is fun when training got patchy and enthusiasm waned, I found it hard to join in the wonderful spirit of this thread but have enjoyed the stories and humour. A huge thanks to ATM for the guide doc - quite a bit of it popped up in my head along the run - especially the end remark about looking up at the finish - totally invaluable piece of advice that has given me a memory that'll last a lifetime. I was sorry not to make it up to l'Arc before the start to try and meet up with you all, but I was two metro stops down the avenue, and borderline catatonic trying to stay calm before the start... spent most of it in the (single) portaloo queue! The race itself was definitely one of two halves - the first 16 miles were great, but hanging onto the group I was with (around 2:50 odd pace) got progressively harder, and I blew the gasket after the second tunnel and things really weren't fun after that. I would've really enjoyed the quiet of the park at the end, but it was disheartening trying and failing to latch on to runners coming past. Some scary moments right at the end with runners collapsing at the finish (looking back at the finish video, I half-walked over the line looking over at two other runners helping a third to finish). Still, a 2 second PB isn't really that "bad" for a bad race, so I'll take something from that. 2:56:40 (#806) Currently swaying between not running another marathon this year, or trying to get a place in Dublin, Frankfurt, Chester...
Some big runs and a lot of fun (again) by everyone today! For me it was the local running club's XC race over at Cambo estate. Quadruple fail for the first race of the year, and remarkably first time ever for:
1. Going slower with each consecutive mile
2. Falling over
3. Taking a wrong turn
4. Getting a stitch in a race
Now I know not to do any of those again!
Time to buck up the ideas and get on with 2014! Hope the weather stays manageable for everyone's run tomorrow,
Holyrood park is great to run around in general, and the meadows is popular with runners as well. If you're looking to do something structured, on Saturday (04/01/14) morning you've got parkrun up at Silverknowes (fast 5k course, and the wind shouldn't be too bad tomorrow morning), or there's the Edinburgh AC distance training session at Holyrood park (session starts at 10, but there's a warm-up at 9:30) and Sunday there's the Harrison Park Sunday Run group (they're on facebook and twitter, train departs 9am - speed is "normal" to ridiculous, depending on who turns up), and the Edinburgh AC group from Craiglockhart Sports Centre, departs 9am.
Feels like the start of 'proper' marathon training now - happily for this one I'm on track to reversing the worst fortnight of training I've had in 6 months into the best over the break. Snow and sleet can make you smile on a hard slog of a run.
Hope you enjoy your day tomorrow and boxing day - if it includes a run or a race, even better!
Although I live in Scotland now, so if it's 1C again at the start next year I should be a bit better acclimated for it... Couldn't get much more different than Darwin! Hat and gloves that you can chuck during the race might be on the shopping list before April 6 then?