I think the crowds didn't help early on and my mileage splits were up and down, so it was mainly down to that I think. I'm thinking the 1st is always the worst one and at least I now know what to expect! Lots of good reviews of Manchester, so I'm looking forward to it.
Yep, I've vowed to stick with the 4 hour pacer for the last 2 years at Manchester and ended up losing him after a few miles only for him to come trotting past me at about mile 19 or 20, you learn something new from each marathon and something to try the next time around (with plenty of helpful suggestions off people on here too!)
I'm doing Manchester as my 2nd Marathon next year. I did London this year and got round in 4:11, which included walking for a mile at 21 miles. The plan was to go under 4 hours, but hoping I can do that in Manchester. I'm told it's fairly flat so that should help!
I think there's a number of people (myself included) who can relate to that marathon time and a "walk" at some stage in the last few miles. Better pacing in the race early doors and running the LSR at a slower pace during training seem to be the way to go. Manchester is flat and a good course with plenty of support
Quite taken aback at the number of local runners who are "doing" Manchester next year, pretty much everyone I speak to, perhaps the organisers had an inkling and that's why they've gone for the extra places
A much better run last night, got rid of Sunday's stiffness and am just going to build back up over the next 4 weeks or so, ready for training but determined to enjoy my runs a bit more over the next few weeks rather than simply ticking off runs on a chart. The darker nights aren't helping, need to come up with some new routes that are a bit more varied but also well lit!
Went out at 5.30 this morning, wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting the tail end of the hurricane to be but I think I was perhaps running off the stiffness from Sunday so I was a little bit slower and taking it easier than usual. It was wet in parts and the odd gust but not the storms we'd been warned of
Easing back into it this week and then building the Long Run back up so that I can hit the marathon plan (excuse the pun) running in mid-December
Trying to focus on pacing for the next few weeks rather than just going out and running so that I can exert a bit more control over my speed and certainly learn to pace the early miles a lot more evenly