Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:10
Well you all know the eternal underachiever strikes again, oh and not being funny Geoff, but normal thread etiquette is not to announce results.
Arrived on Friday and expo done, easy 3 miles along the Thames Saturday morning even if I was diverted due to Obama visiting the Globe. Carb loaded very well.
No excuses, conditions were perfect if a little cold at the start and support amazing as ever. I managed a solid 8 hours sleep Saturday night, even got some porridge down first thing.
Set off at a steadyish pace and felt incredibly confident it was going to be my day see splits in 5 mile chunks.(sips of water every other mile or so)
7:36,7:17,6:59,7:00,7:11 - yup a couple a little too quick
7:11,7:13,7:16,7:19,7:21 - Gel at 6 and 10 and very happy with pace
7:21,7:24,7:23,7:24,7:27 - Through half in 1:36 gel at 14
7:37,7:40,7:45,7:51,7:42 - Gel at 18, was getting concerned by drop in pace but was thinking keep it under 8's and won't be too far off then oh dear
8:32,9:09,9:28,8;33,8:29.8:23(last bit) gel at 22 ,crowd support was amazing and only positive was no stopping/walking. Plenty of high fiving St John's Ambulance staff for the last few miles. Bit emotional at the tough miles and end. Charity reception was very good and very long massage as one of first to be there.
So 3:25:43 and nowhere near target and I think my worry has proved right. Only running three times a week can keep me at pace or better at HM or below but not for marathon. Just not getting the miles in my legs and all of my runs are on fresh legs, yeah maybe tired from swimming/cycling but its not the same. So I may have to put my 3:15 dream/fantasy away until if/when I commit to running full time again.