All this talk of next races is making me tired , first post-marathon run tonite so hopefully will remove the residual stiffness that remains
Looking forward to getting back to "just running" personally and having a few months where I can go out and run and I'm not ticking off miles or ensuring I've followed the plan
Manchester once a year is enough for me marathon-wise with a Spring and Autumn HM thrown into the mix, so unless there is an Arley/Capesthorne/Tatton type event this year, I may be looking at Warrington HM or Lancaster HM as my next "big" race in Sep/Oct/Nov
Looking forward to watching London from the comfort of my armchair, nodding sagely at the comments made by the pundits, I don't know how you do it Gary but I believe the Cheese String is also doing London
Julia- it's definitely my warped sense of humour but the bloke with the sign that said "you're the slowest runner so far" did make me laugh out loud as it was so unexpected amongst all the other "you're all awesome" type messages and shouts.
There were some great signs but the best for me was the guy dressed as the Grim Reaper just as you turned away from Stretford Arndale Centre and headed up Chester Road for the final mile, "The End is Nigh"...
I liked the guy with the big "touch here for extra power" board
Me too AM - I did indeed touch for extra power! I will probably be back for more next year, there are probably a couple of extra minutes to be had and also I could pace my training LSR a little slower. I have also enjoyed being able to clock up some serious mileage and stay quite fit and it hasn't felt like a chore for the bulk of the training
I ran without music/headphones for the entire 26.2 too, which was a bonus
Saw 2 ambulances around the 4 hour group, one on Woodhouse Lane and then another on Carrington Lane both of which needed runners to switch to the other side of the road
Many thanks to those who offered sage words of advice and hopefully I may have passed some on too, if not just a little local knowledge.
So many success stories from so many people and hopefully Manchester will continue to grow, most of the people I know who did it yesterday are talking about more of the same next year
Well, finally cracked it, 03:58:03 for me yesterday which I'm made up with
Ran between the 3:58 and 3:59 pacers for the bulk of the first 20 miles although some of the pacing was erratic and by the time I'd got past Manor Avenue (where I usually start to struggle) I knew I was going to do much better than usual
Pacers disappeared into the distance around 23-24 miles but I'd found my own rhythm by then and could afford a little wobble/walk on the final mile as my legs were really starting to hurt and some of the tips from forum members came in very useful to keep going
Great times all round and the usual great support on the course. Saw a couple of fallers and I believe the girl who was fundraising for FC United had a bad tumble