Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:14
Well done Memsahib and Emjay @ MK, and also bob in Madrid
Completing your first marathon is a magical experience, and in many ways the time really does not matter. However, if you wish to improve for a subsequent race, this is where you use that first experience as an opportunity to learn!
emjay, it took until my 3rd marathon to learn to control the pace from the start, and even in that one, I pushed too early at 16 miles, and missed my target by a few minutes. Being conservative in Manchester (conservative relative to my short distance times and training evidence) actually allowed me to finish 5 minutes faster than my target, and wahts more, i finished, other than feeling in my legs like i'd run a marathon, in rather good physical form- I could eat and drink well pretty much straight away
Is it just Macfinbob at Edinburgh to go now?