Miggito just read your report on the other thread and feel your pain. I think we had the same targets and when I stepped into the pens I noticed the 3:30 pacer next to me and when I started off I kept him in sight and felt really good but somewhere along the route, not too far, I noticed what looked like a 3:56 pacer and thought what's happened to my pace and foolishy stepped it up a bit but I think it all came crashing down at the 'yes' tunnel if that's what it was called and had a 15 second walk and a drink and then further on I had to stretch my calfs off as they were giving me hell. So the final 2-3 miles were like a kind of shuffle/run and no real pace in me. I normally have a good final bit left in me at the end of a race and just couldn't muster anything up in the final stretch down the mall and was happy to see that I got under the 4hr even on the clock and was officially clocked at 3:51:51 so never got my predicted target but got the one that I would be happy with being a virgin marathoner.
I must admit I couldn't stop smiling at the support that was all around the course it was superb and I now want to do it again
That's the exact same goals that I've set for Sunday
Running home tonight [6ish miles] at race pace in the rain unless it stops by home time. A gentle jog on Friday, final packing and then onto the train down to London and I'm sure the nerves will then start to kick in
Cheers for the weather update Roger and I'm sure your glute will hold out and you'll do well.
Not sure how I've not been on here for over 11 days, hectic few weeks. Well my run home [5.8 miles] went well and managed to do it in 47:19 which turned out to be 8.11 min/mile pace so happy with that. Missed my planned 5k on the Saturday but then ran the Tom Scott 10mile Road Race on the Sunday in 1:14:48 which was a 7:27 min/mile pace and felt really good but was supposed to go a wee bit slower but as I missed my 5k I thought I'd push myself a wee bit but still managed to chat to everyone and anyone that came close to me
Once again I missed my 5k jog due to being too busy but did my race-pace 5.8 mile run around the city centre at an 8:01 min/mile pace on Thursday there.
Had a weekend away planned there so ended up moving my runs around and did a 5k on Friday night when I arrived in Chesterfield and then did my long run [8.8 miles] on Saturday and was comfortable at 7:58 min/mile pace as I knew I'd be having a few shandy's that night and wasn't sure what state I would be in on Sunday. So the groin is holding out but I'll be taking a few ice packs with me for after the run on Sunday as I can see me being in agony but will be well worth it
To ipod or not? No harm in having it with you just incase you need a wee bit of vibes to keep you going as I'll have mine with me but not sure I'll need it as I get a massive buzz with crowds and runners a like
Glad to see everyone is doing well and apart from a couple of wee niggles I think we'll all smash our estimated times
Not posted in a while as been slightly depressed since my planned 18.5 mile run ended in disaster as got to the 12 mile point and started feeling a dull ache in the groin/pelvic area and carried on at a reduced pace and tried to complete the run but only managed 17.1 and gave up. I managed to run it in 2:28:56 but felt like utter c**p
So ended up missing out on a few race pace runs but did managed to play 30 minutes of a friendly football game on Saturday there and thought I was ok but ended up being in pain later on in the night and then that stopped me running my planned 21 mile run the following day, or any other distance.
I did manage to use a treadmill on Monday but could only handle running 10k on it and then managed to run a further 5k last night, which is part of my plan. Running home from work tonight to attempt a 5.6 mile run and it's meant to be at race pace, however, I don't think I will achieve this but will try at least an 8:30 pace.
So I'm now having to look at my target running time in 17 days time and my main goal now is to complete it, next is to get under 4 hours and finally would be totally happy with under 3:45 now rather than the planned 3:35. But it will all depend on the day now and how I cope without doing too much running - maybe not a bad idea and start my tapering sooner than planned
Happy running guys and glad to see that most plans are going in the right direction. Miggito maybe we should run around together and keep each other going to the end and maybe surprise ourselves