Posted: 18/11/2015 at 09:56
Valencia was marathon number 14 for me. Great place, not as big or touristy as Barcelona, but plenty to see and do. Got the start pretty early but soon got busy so made my way in to the starting pen, not too warm as yet as still in the shade.
Then pen was very big, and for some reason the 3;00, 3:15 and 3:30 pacers were all at the front of the pen. Emotional start with the minute silence then we were off, very busy for the first few miles, tried not to dodge and weave too much, spotted a pacer up ahead at about 4 miles which turned out to be the 3:30 pacer and soon went past(maybe should have just stayed with them)
Due to heat I was taking on some water at every stn(every 5K). Really well supported around the course. Saw the leaders go past the other way, think I was at 10 and they were at 15 very impressive. My pace was going well and halfway at 1:36 and feeling comfortable. Gels at 6,10,14. Then at 17 all started to feel more hard and took a gel early. Got to 20 and the wheels kinda fell off, took my last gel early to try and get a boost.
Not in a great place from 20 to 23 as I knew target was gone, but for last 3 mood got better and lots of high fiving and whooping the crowd to get some cheers.
Splits as follows: 8:10, 7:24.7:29.7:19,7:06,7:04,7:11,7:15,7:17,
Very impressive finishing line, and free beer after. Official time 3:28:59. Tried not to over analyze but obviously heat was a factor and looking at splits and massive fade which started at 17 and got worse I think I got the energy/carb loading wrong. Or it just was n't my day. Thought my training had gone very well and one of the few campaigns I have n't been injured at some point. Legs were not too bad the following day and probably walked over 6 miles taking in the sights and a trip to the beach.