After a near perfect winter training and some nice half marathon times, yesterday couldn't have gone much worse. From sleeping in the hotel bathroom to escape the stag/hen night noise from the pavement below, to the weather, to having the stitching in my gel belt come lose and losing most of them.
All in all, that was the toughest race I've ever run in. Despite collapsing with exhaustion and being helped by the race directors wife, I hated it and loved it at the same time.
I was miles away from my 3:30 target (3:55).
Despite everything, I'm going back for more next year!
Ran 22.8 this morning in 3hrs 10, including a few 7:25 mm at the end. Still had some gas left in the tank at the end.
I know this was a training run and part of a 54 mile week, but I don't know how I would have made up the 6 mins, or so, to average 8 mm. I had a seriously negative split - probably averaging 8:34 for the first 17 miles and then 7:25 for the last 5.5.
Since this is my 1st marathon for 21 years, could someone with more experience let me know how much extra energy and speed I should be looking for after a 2 week taper?