Thanks for the positive words. There are some positives I can take away from the marathon, I'm happy with my time, just felt disappointed in myself losing it so soon at mile 18, I was confident I could stick with the pacer till mile 20 then it might be a struggle but even that didn't happen!
There were a few floors in my training, which need addressing and need to work on stamina, I think more progression runs and hill work, are something that was missing this year. I did under estimate MK, think running the streets on MK gave me a false sense of how easy it would be, and this reflected in my training and not pushing myself enough.
As for the rest of the year, I have several halves booked already. My plan is to work on getting my half time down. I think 1:31:46 is a nice target for that.
Well I did MK marathon in 3:35:56. I really strugled over the last 8 miles and am a little surprised I manages that. It felt so much tougher in those last miles than my 1st marathon did.
I think to make myself feel better I'm blaming the pacer for been a bit fast. We crossed half way in 1:42:12, and even though I dropped way back from him at mile 18 I was still on target at mile 20 crossing at 2:38:31... But I had nothing left in my legs, and started walking up even the smallest incline! Although it seemed most people around me were doing the same as well. Think I wasn't alone in underestimating MK and its twisty hilliness. On a positive note even in those very hard last 6 miles I still overtook 27 more men. And refused to walk anymore in the last mile so had a reasonable finish with a 8:19 mile and then back to 8mm for the last .2.
Guess I'll be following the next 3:30 thread next year to try again...