Can I just add that if anyone is ever thinking of doing an autumn marathon then Chester is one of best. I've done the metric and full marathon and the facilities and organisation are amazing.
Secondly it has the best goody bag! When I finish a race I rarely want a razor, toothpaste or Uncle Bens Microwave Rice (these are all things I've found in goody bags before).... I want food that I can eat and at Chester you're spoilt for choice. Should I start with the Double Decker, Jelly Beans or just the flapjack? The T-shirt is pretty good too. Not fussed about the medal. I know some people go mad about the medal but I would be happy with an extra kit kat chunky!
Ok this next post may be a bit long so either scroll down or indulge me!
So there is a little background to the Metric Marathon. This was the fifth race where I was up against my closest rival. Now I am not sure if he is aware of the rivalry but it is very real in my head and is certainly not helped by the compare runners function on runbritain. I am not the only one that does this, am I?
Anyway I had beaten him in the first two races this year and he had claimed the second two. This was crunch time. We had a little chat before the start where he said he hadn't been running much but I wasn't falling for that one. The gun was fired and we were off running around the horse racecourse. I was away like a shot doing my finest Black Beauty impression.
I was away fast. I know from experience that when racing against him that I have to be in front or he just extends his lead though it does leave the worry of not knowing how far he is behind. First mile, boom, in 6:19. Way too fast..... time to calm it down. Saw Mr P just after mile 2. Was still half asleep and didn't realise he was cheering me on! Sorry Mr P - the penny only dropped just as I ran passed you!
So I carried on carving the miles out, gradually dropping the pace to a sustainable 6:50ish. I was waiting for the time we turned and starting going back on ourselves. I looked at the watch to see what the gap was. I passed him after 40 seconds. Surely at 8 miles the gap would be enough? But then my pace dropped to 7:00. Could I keep it up?
The sun started to feel hotter and I was now joined by the full marathon runners who were overtaking me which is never good psychologically. It was getting very hard. My legs were hurting. I was paying the price for going out too hard but I could do this. I started to count to 300 distract me. Suddenly I was back to the hilly part of the course and the pace dropped to 7:21. He would be gaining on me, I had to push it on but it was just too difficult
Luckily I was running with the 3rd (at the point) placed lady. We encouraged each other as we ran. Finally we came onto the riverside. It is a beautiful part of Chester and I wished I could be sat down there having a pint! Finally we arrived back at the racecourse. A quick check over my shoulder to see if I could see him. No sign. Quick sprint for the finish. 1:52:40. Four seconds faster than last year 49th place. So not too bad (finished 10th last year but the fast lads weren't there then)
So where was he? I waited at the finish, he couldn't be that far behind. Two minutes passed and no sign. He finished in 1:56:21. My tactic of going out fast had paid off but we both certainly suffered for it. He had had to walk up the final hill.....
Wow, well done Chicksta! Such a great effort. You put me to shame. I think if i had a minor heart condition I would probably just curl up t frightened to do anything. To run a marathon in 3:32 is nothing short of inspirational. Well done! What have got planned next?
Wow what a great final mile for your parkrun Sense 6:46. You must be very pleased with that?
I am sure that your glute will be firing fine on Sunday Malcs. Its strange how things just come together before a marathon. Though you have got 5 more days of maranoia to go........ good luck for the sub 3. You can do it!
Can see that I am too old for technology already! Can't believe I've re-posted something from weeks ago! D'oh! Glad it's Friday!
Sense I know what you mean about health professionals. I once had a doctor who looked something up on Wikipedia. At least he didn't google the symptoms!
Well done on getting into Boston, Angela! You must be thrilled - are you going to go for a time?
Your prep for York is looking good Malcs and a foam roller just can't compete with a proper massage. I once had a masseur once who just pulled my pants down and then just dug his elbow in. It was a bit of a shock!
Anyway I haven't really tapered for the metric on Sunday so who knows what will happen. Weather is looking good though! Have a good one everyone!
Hey, Tigger so good of you to bounce by! How're you doing?? What have you been up to?
Sense and Mr P hope you get your scans soon and everything sorted. Nothing worse than waiting for something to stop hurting and balancing it with training. I remember when I ruined a metatarsal last year and six weeks off nearly killed me. Just wanted to run but I knew that every time I did it would just prolong my recovery.....
Are triathlons that bad Angela? I was hoping to make the move up at some point. What distance did you do and was the swim outside too? I need to get good bike first....
So last weekend I fell out of bed and did the Salford 10k. I thought my pace was ok but somehow I mucked up the calculations in my head. At half way I thought I was comfortably going to finish at 39:XX. I soon realised when running up the ship canal that this wasn't going to happen. Coming over the bridge towards the BBC I could see the clock. It said 39:58 I knew that sub 40 wouldn't happen. Finished in 40:08. Gutted. Way off my PB but guess in these situations you have to take the positives. It was a minute faster than last year and about a minute and a half faster than my last 10K about 8 weeks ago. So an improving picture I guess. I'll see what tomorrow's parkrun brings.
Makes, I take it you're doing York? What time are you aiming for? Certainly the 10/10 session must boost your confidence for a PB?