Thanks Saintbarca, think it's the fact that the legs dont live with my cardio that's frustrated me, I've shifted 20lbs between the two marathons and felt I could run also day energy & cardio wise but still weighing in at 14 stone I just have that bagging feeling 4 hours of running is to wearing on muscles, joints & iliotibial bands. Expected to be gutted to miss out on 4 hours but very accepting of the fact I had no more to give. I may well have vowed never to do a marathon again the first time, so perhaps I should never say never!
Being Chester born & living a stones throws over the border I thought it was rude not to do Chester marathon. Yesterday was the day & was hoping to knock some serious time of my only other marathon appearance (London 2012 4 hrs 35) & get under 4 hours. Felt brilliant starting & having positioned myself in between the 4 & 3:45 pacers I found myself with the 3:45 group after about 7 miles until about 14. I was slightly worried I'd overdone it & as a previous sufferer of ITBS I really was sure what do when the dreaded tight quads started to niggle. I decided the only choice was to gut it out but mile splits were starting to slip until about 24 miles where both quads were shot & had to walk. As soon as I legs cramped up & realised why you're not supposed to stop running in a marathon. I did start jogging again hoping that that 4 hour pacer wouldn't pass me but the moment he did I knew that was it, I did manage to jog in for the last 500m in 4:04 and a few seconds but promptly cramped up & fell on my arse!
Very disappointed that legs would not carry on when I felt I had bags of energy but my own fault I think, I'd not done enough miles at a quicker pace & had relied on cross training (long bike rides) in with my long runs & not to mention those 30 seconds a mile too fast in the first 14. We live & learn, not sure I'm built for marathons & two is more than most people ever do, so may try and improve on my half marathon time and bow out on 26.2.
Wow, memories of last year have prompted me to return to say hello, good luck to anyone running & I'll be watching with a slight envy as I would love to be running it again.
Currently trying to decide between Jersey & Chester for October for my second marathon (I knocked 25 minutes of my 1/2 PB in Feb & would be hoping for sub 4 hr marathon!).
Anyway, back to the point I hope everything goes well tomorrow & running is in the news for amazing fund raising efforts & fantastic stories of personal achievements ... and most of all runners and supporters have a great day!