I always find myself asking lots of question after a marathon , how is it at 17 miles I feel great , and think hey ! only 9 miles to go ! but by 22 things dramatically change, the disomfort and overwhelming urge to just stop turns into a real mental battle , I am amazed how many people have gor to 22/23 miles before me then decide to walk ! why ? can they really physically not carry on or is it they cant find that inner mental strength ignore the pain have the set off too fast ? but to get that far and lose that sub 4 by walking 2 miles seems so common , and such a shame , for me my training for London will definately include some speed work i want to get out if the 3.4xx rut ,
SM6 all you need are more slow 20 milers ..... simples
Kaz no way should have carried on ! I have always said there would be no heroics from me if I was suffering any kind of injury its not worth it .. I hope you recover well and can put this behind you
I admit there is always a point , usually around 22/23 miles where even though Im not slowing down my body is screaming to stop !! I say to myself , this is it my last marathon I hate it ! ..... but already cant wait to start training for VLM
Still in Inverness with very dodgy Internet connection so fingers crossed I don't lose the postv
Amazing experience for me A target of sub 3.50 achieved with 36 seconds to spare
3.49.23 1.53 first half so l lost just 3 minutes , I kept running up the hill after Dores and was surprised that I was one of the few runners actually running up there and got loads of praise for doing so, I was expecting it to be alot worse
I though I may struggle with lack of support you get at big city marathons but the peace and quite and hearing the waters of the loch lapping against the shore just meters away at times was surreal
The first half was mostly downhill which I though may be good but reeling oneself in for 9 miles of running downhill left my quads very stiff early on and I did wonder if they would turn to stone before 20 miles and after the hill at Dores when someone said all downhill from here ( usually music to my ears ) I though oh god no !!!
It was tough over the last couple of miles but I could see if I really pushed it , ignore the feeling of nausea I could scrape under 3.50 god knows where it came from but the last .2 was sub 7.20 min miling ! Sorry I didn't hear you SC but thanks all the same I had no idea you would be there at the end pity we didn't meet up
SM6 I hope you enjoyed the course dispite being disappointed with your time ,
OH you do an awful lot of long races and no way could have recovered from the week before so to get a sub 4.30 is pretty impressive !
Will read back properly when I get home this internet connection is poor and I don't want to lose this long post