Cheers Reiki. Well done Fairyclogs very impressive, always liked the idea of an Ultra but always felt going off how painful I find a marathon Im just not sure I would cope, but full respect to those who can do them.
Good luck Monday Effilio im sure you can pull something out of the bag, at least enjoy it.
Loved reading everyone elses write up for London brings back so many memories, particular chuckles at that new route in Canary Wharf, my exact response when i turned a corner and saw it climbing up to the roundabout was wtf!! It actually wasnt too bad but the shock was not pleasant.
Really chuffed for everyone who pulled it out of the bag and got result they wanted.
Oh and just to add to the good vibes sound the PB claxon I chopped my parkrun PB down to 20.16 this morning. Im blaming Tim but I was convinced I could go sub 20 even a week after London following in our very own Supermans footsteps. Felt a little stiff still but strong and reasonably controlled and more importantly came away knowing sub 20 was mine to take in the coming weeks.
Loving the write ups really brings it home reading other peoples experiences as well.
Top stuff as always Tim and you are spot on I am my own worst enemy at times so was such a boost and kept me going for a good few miles the little pep talk, all you need sometimes just to ignore the negative voices. Thanks again.
Hi all, still buzzing after yesterday I hope you all are, some great times to read just blown away by them.
Like I said before I was a bit late to the bench so only had chance to say a quick hello then into the area, was great for relaxing as I managed to catch up with a guy I used to work with who by bizarre coincidence I'd met on the DLR to the expo and didn't realise was running. Got into pen 4 and felt good, bit nervous but I'd decided I was going to run close to 8 m/mile and see how I felt later so felt good. Had a quick last minute wee stop which put me back a pen so not ideal but felt better before than during.
First 2 miles were pretty frustrating but lesson learnt from last year and did minimal weaving just tried to stay steady and they were both close to 8.30 but told myself just speed up gradually. Got stuck behind a cactus and then a phone box at one point but kept trying to run easy, the watch was perfect as my main battle was staying nr 7.50 and not going too fast.
Sorry Malcs I did think to lok out for you at 10 but so much is going on next thing I knew we were passing Tower Bridge, went through halfway in 1.46 and instantly though back to last year when I did the same. So I can be honest now I've had a fair few negative thoughts on this campaign plenty of injuries more then previous, and not many decent races or long runs kept me thnking I'm not in shape and was tempted to take it easier and not chase 3.30. However last weeks Manchester inspired me to at least have a go, go hard or go home as Andi Jones says!!
The other negative was I felt great last year but blew up about 15/16 and couldn't really work out why so that was in my head. It actually helped me though as when I passed that point and still felt strong it convinced me I was going well and could do it. Next big highlight was catching up with Tim, I;d seen a few Supermen pretenders on course but was pretty certain even from behind it was Tim so managed to have a quick chat around 16.5 and he gave me some good encouragement and told me to stay positive.
Got into Canary Wharf and again remembered how much I suffered last year but actually was starting to speed up and trying not to get too fast but was getting into the 7.30s and for the first time started thinking maybe just maybe. Around 19.5 their is a tight turn and I was so close to the 3.30 pacers I could almost touch them, again tried to stay easy and not push too quick. Went through 20 and for the first time started thinking of what I needed and rough calculations said I needed a 50 min 10k so certainly possible, however legs were now starting to complain and tighten.
Next 2 miles were tough but managed to stay under 8m/m helped knowing my family were at about 23 so was determined to keep going till then and kept my mind off the pain until then. Saw the family at 23, had a hug and that boosted me again but as close as I knew I was every part of my legs was just saying no more. Was a bit frustrated with myself at having a few little walk breaks but was just ruined, and to be honest my pace didn;t suffer too much and gave me a little boost.
Crowds were amazing the last 2 miles, I was determined not to stop again once I saw the 800m mark and was chuffed I didn;t and even manaeged a resonable effort on the Mall, certainly better than last year. Nearly fell over when I crossed but was so chuffed at a massive 17 min pb, it was only later I though about those 3 and a half mins and where I could have got more.
If I'm honest it went miles better than I dreamed, so I think I'm going to be grateful for yesterday and am much more confident 3.30 is doable for me.&nbs
Was late to the bench so sadly missed most but said hello to Bethan I think. Missed out on 3.30 but tbh was so chuffed at a 17 min pb in 3.33 and given how training went it didn't register as a negative. Plus managed to catch up with the legend that is Superman Tim Jones so that was a boost. Will write up properly tomorrow some great times by the looks of it.