I feel like I'm in slow motion mode since the Yorkshire Marathon. I left 2 days later to the tropics, so I blame the heat! I have been running in 30c in 90% humidity, anyone tried that?? I just can't 'run' in such conditions, a short slow jog feels like a marathon, and the sweat just pours out from every pores, I mean, I had beads of sweat from my legs, I don't normally get that!
Sorry for the late response, I did it in 3:35:51 Hans C & Angela, that's a 15 minute PB, which I surprised myself! Hans C, we may have been running together for a while near the 3:30 pacer!! Love your report, especially the camaraderie element!
Angela, my next race is this Sunday, a 10.2km I know, why can't they move the finish and get it down to 10k??) run in Penang, Malaysia, where I am now! I'll be back in time in sunny Leeds for the Leeds Abbey Dash though...are you doing that?
No run for me tomorrow, as I'm 'tapering' for my 10k the next day . I need the taper, as it will feel like a marathon in this heat. It's actually my niggly knee that is telling me to rest tomorrow, as it felt like giving way this morning...The run starts at 7am, so at least I have the rest of the day to recover
Tried Torq with guarana which also has caffeine, used 4 at the Yorkshire marathon over the weekend, happy with them and will probably stick with them in future. They are stickier/thicker than other gels, and a lot sweeter
Wow Malcs, fantastic report, and an even more fantastic time, congrats! Very impressive and inspirational strategy.
Angela, that is such an amazing report, thanks for sharing.
Well done everyone at the Yorkshire marathon!
I'm pleased that I proved the race prediction calculators were right. It was interesting to realise I was running marathons too slow BEFORE the race. It gave me the belief that I should be able to run faster.
Felt really good first 18 miles. I accidentally caught up with the 3:30 pacer around 13 miles, and thought I better slow down and stick with him, which I did comfortably until mile 18. It was downhill for me after that, figuratively of course! I could just manage a jog to the finish, and almost felt like I hit the wall at the last hill before the finish, my legs were not cooperating! I had visions of me being carried over the finish, it was the potential embarrassment of the thought that kept me going. I was so emotional and couldn't believe my time, I hugged the first person I saw and it was Mike Tomlinson!
I'm still nursing a massive blood blister 3 days on, annoyed as I can barely walk because of it! Got a 10k in 11 days time, no rest for the wicked!
3 more sleeps!!!I'm 1828 with my name AILYN on my vest (that is, if the weather permits!), I think I'm booked on the 7:30-8 bus.
Still deciding on what shoes to wear! I realised way too late that my confy pair has hardly any soles left on it, verging on barefoot running! My other pair is a bit tight and tend to cause blisters, so no good for the marathon. I won a new pair of puma from GNR (never won puma before!), and tried it only since last week - still not sure about it
I've been distracting myself during this taper with looking at race time predictions. Has anyone run their marathon times as predicted according to their shorter distances?? According to the calculators (and I've checked on numerous calculators!), I've been running too slow for my marathons!
Wow Malcs, that's an impressive parkrun PB (and Hans C's buggy PB too)!! I admire your 3:15 target for York, Malcs!! If anyone can do it, you can
I've been trying to avoid reading about everyone's London results (congrats Sean R5, and everyone else who got in!). I didn't enter the ballot as I was going to go for GFA. Then I was busy cycling from Paris to Leeds and missed the deadline!!!! I have kicked myself again, and again
Been nursing various niggly injuries. I had an impressive fall yards away from the finish at GNR chasing a PB, massive gash to my knee, still healing almost a month later!! Then I've been having what I think is piriformis syndrome (google is great!). More annoying than disabling.
On the plus side, I've managed to get 3 of my 4 PBs for 2014: 5k, 10k, HM, so very pleased . Now to get that biggie in York, perhaps another GFA for London 2016, thankfully I won't have to run as fast as Malcs!