Posted: 05/06/2015 at 09:02
Hello folks - sorry, I'm hopeless at keeping up with this thread, but thought you guys would like to know how I got in my sub 3 attempt at Edinburgh, so here's the race report I sent my coach:
So - prepared pretty well on the morning and was feeling pretty calm to be honest. Strolled down to the start and had a wander about, checked out the elite tent and caught a glimpse of my hero Steve Way. Had a bit of a jog and tried to stay warm as it was fairly cold and drizzly. Bumped into a couple of clubmates that I hadn't even met before and had a good chat before the start. The time actually flew in fairly quickly and then we were off.
Settled into the 6:55 pace pretty easily and notched off the first few miles a touch quicker than target pace but it was all downhill. I was starting to feel a touch uncomfortable and had to have a very quick pit stop just after 5 miles and do a 'Paula'. By this time I'd settled into a wee group of runners I'd recognised and I pushed on a little bit after my pitstop until I caught that group again clocking a 7:00 mile.
Then it was time to push on to 6:48 pace - this was the bit I was nervous about - what if I struggled to find that pace? Admittedly ridiculous as I was constantly having to hold myself back. I then found a new group to run with and one guy in particular with a help for heroes t-shirt that seemed to move through the crowds exactly a yard in front of me for miles and miles.
From about 7 miles to halfway I barely remember a thing other than the back of help for heroes guy!
I went through halfway at 1:29 and thought (naively) that sub 3 was very likely at this point, thinking that the wind wasn't anything like predicted and I might just be getting away with it. At 14 miles I saw something I'll never forget. I got the distinctive whiff of shit and thought it was some weird sea air then I clocked the female runner who had very obviously had an accident. I was just about to fall into step with her (as she was running as if nothing had happened!!) but I pushed on a little bit to leave her behind. Not the nicest thing I've ever done, but you know...
Next few miles I distinctly remember thinking that I was looking forward to turning back as the wind was getting up a bit and felt like I was running into a headwind...!! Think I was at about 16 miles when the elites came flying the other way. Couple of Kenyans, local Edinburgh lad, Steve Way and a guy dressed as batman. No shit - guy dressed as batman must have been close to 2:30 or maybe quicker!
Then we turned back just before 18 miles and the wind just about blew me over. Turned a few corners and kept hoping I'd turn out of the wind but it kept just getting worse! I managed to push through it for about 3 miles and more or less stick on pace but then we started a climb and the pace slowed. I'd left Help for Heroes behind at some stage about 18 miles I think and I just felt like I was passing runner after runner despite my pace slowing with each mile. Everyone else was clearly suffering too. I kept hoping that the wind would somehow die down and I'd manage to push on and keep sub 3 alive but at about 23 miles I think I realised it was gone so just concentrated on getting to the end. The legs were getting heavier and just before 25 Help for Heroes pushed past me and I tried to hang onto him for a while but he was looking strong and I just couldn't muster the push. I think if sub 3 was a remote possibility I'd have found another gear and dug a bit deeper but I knew it was gone and quite a few went past me in that final mile. Managed to push on a little bit in the final wee stretch but didn't even try a fast finish. Got a lift when I got a shout out from someone that recognised the vest and then a wee bit later I saw my wife and daughter but I just cruised in for the GFA time. 3:03:39 in the end which is more than...