Well, it wasn't my day. My wee boy was up most of the night before teething which meant I got to the start line shattered! Blisters at mile 9, pulled muscle in my back at mile 14, and a general lack of energy throughout.
Scraped over the line in 4 hours 46 for my personal worst by some distance. And yet...mprobably my proudest finish given the circumstances and that I really thought about pulling out at mile 14. So glad I kept going.
As for the organisation, I could have done without standing in queues for best part of an hour on Saturday having travelled from Scotland that day. But I don't mind the cups (Belfast has done this for years).
At the end, I picked up a tshirt from the x-large section but got home yesterday to find I'd been given a medium!! Gutted!! So if anyone out there has a x-large tshirt they'd like to swap for a medium, let me know!!!
Hey everyone! Skylarker, I'm v similar to you, been out injured for past 3 years. My best time was 4h13 and hoped to squeak under 4 this time but my back issues permit me to run just twice a week.
so I'm doing a quick for me 8 miles or so on a Monday and my lsr On a Friday. Up to 20 miles as of last week. if I can get round in 4h30 it'd be amazing but I've made decision to run without a watch, and run to how my body feels. Any one done this?! How did you find it? I'm worried about going off too quick but figure I could sit in behind a pacer group for a bit til I get into a routine.
I'm in for 2016. done the Brighton marathon in 2012 and LOVED every minute of it, even the extra 13 minutes over my planned sub 4 hr finish! Had planned to be back sooner, but have had horrendous back issues since injuring myself during the rock n roll half marathon in Edinburgh in 2013.
ran for the first time in almost 2 years last month, and just ran a 10k training run today! The bug is back. Even though I'm super slow. Cant wait for this one next year!
Steady Eddy - I also pulled out. I dropped out at mile 15. I was going to drop out anyway as I was struggling from about mile 11, but when a guy collapsed in front of me just past the mile 15 marker, I stayed with him until the paramedics arrived. That only took 7 or 8 minutes, but I stayed on a bit longer to see he was ok. Once the paramedic confirmed all okay, I decided at that point to call it a day.
For the first time, I ran more than one spring marathon - yesterday was my 3rd in 6 weeks (brighton and belfast being the others). I was determined to get a sub 4, but only managed to get a 4 hour 13 at brighton. Still a PB but a huge disappointment. Have definitely realised more than one marathon per spring is too much for me. I'll put my efforts into more focussed and better training for one marathon in future, and try to get that sub 4.
I've no doubt I would have dropped out even if someone hadn't collapsed next to me. I'm pretty disappointed with my mental strength yesterday, but like you Steady Eddy, I just felt exhausted and couldn't see how i could do another 11 miles.
Onwards and upwards tho! Once again well done to all who completed the marathon yesterday. So so hot, and I tip my hats to you.
PS the guy that collapsed was ok, the paramedic reckons it was dehydration and over heating. He was sitting up and seemed to be ok as I left him.
lottylou and ro616 - I'm with you guys, i'll have my headphones and will be putting them on for the 2nd half. it'll be a bit quieter for large parts of the 2nd half support-wise as we head further out of the city. Haven't used them in a race before, but i've not had the best of times mentally in my marathons so far, and never have a problem when i wear them in training, so i'm hoping they'll see me through with a sub 4 finish.