Posted: 13/04/2014 at 22:51
Sean and Canter - amazing efforts. Well done on great finishes. It was very hot out there today. I think this hurt many.
At least I got to see the elites running the other way as I approached half way after crossing Tower Bridge. Mo looked to be a bit behind and not in control.
I decided to go on the 3.30 race plan and think that I was more or less bang on target after 15 / 16 miles. It was tough with loads of slower runners ahead of me so a lot of weaving through the crowds. The heat was also a factor. Was taking on water at every station.
The station just after mile 16 was where it all happened. I normally ran down the water station watching the people around me and picking a bottle in the last third.
I was putting my hand on the bottle when my legs were taen from under me by someone diving in just behind me. I crashed to teh ground and hit the metal barrier. The moron carried on. Other runners came to my aid and got me up but it took me a few minutes to move as my right side had hit the kerb / barrier hard.
I limped beyond the waterstation and tried to work out what the damage was.
My right hip was sore as this hit the kerb / barrier but there was no cuts / grazes. Probably as the ground was so wet. My right leg was a bit stiff so I figured I would carry on and see if I could run the stiffness off.
I tried to get going but it was hard and I struggled for the next mile or so. At this point I gave up on a time and decided that I would finish. I had to take on a lot of water over the next few miles as I was a bit distressed and was run walking with a noticeable limp. Canary Wharf gave me a bit of a lift but once through there I struggled back to Tower Bridge. There was carnage along this section. There were people being carted away in Ambulances, the St John Ambulance tents were full of people in various states of pain / distress and one poor chap lierally fainted 5 feet from me but fortunately 2 other runners caught him as he fell backwards.
There is a long tunnel before mile 23 and I gave myself a hard talking to. Decided that I would somehow run to the finish. I had turned off my watch so I have no idea what time I was doing. I passed loads of people walking and just kept telling myself that I had trained here and I could get to the finish. I kept talking to myself to the finish line and knew that it was a few minutes outside 4 hours.
Met the family and had a picnic before heading home. As we walked back to Westminster tube station we ended up on Embankment and the were loads still coming through. My girls wanted to know if they started at the same time as me and when I said yes they both said I was brilliant. Made me smile even though I was in pain.
So I have a sore hip and I seem to have strained / pulled whatever tendons run down the back of my right knee. Struggling a little to walk on it. Have had a cold bath, applied bio freeze, been resting it with it up and iced it. Am hoping that this means I can walk on it tomorrow. i have clearly done some damage but not sure what I have damaged. Must do some research - No doubt Nell you wil know.
So very much mixed feelings about today. I was running great and then it was all taken away from me. There was nothing I could do about it.