Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:45
So I had said I'd hold off commenting on everyone else until all the reports were in. But now I've missed the window -- Dachs' brilliant summary shows I've got no hope of going over them all, so I'll just add a sprinkling of comments about a few, and rest assured I've been suitably impressed/sympathetic about everyone else
Also Dachs and others, forgive me -- I think I've got borderline face blindness or maybe just plain senility. Seeing people after a whole year for another 5 mins is a worst case scenario for me in terms of recognising people, though to be fair not many of you have recognisable avatar pics like my ugly mug!
I have used the gentle net headwind as a small excuse -- it wasn't bad by any means, but I was conscious of it (in fact realising it had gone after Tower Bridge helped with a bit of a surge), and it's bound to have a small effect, even if it's a fraction of a percent. I wouldn't stretch that to specific muscle groups getting fatigued though!
For me "You passed 45 runners... And 2 passed you". I knew one of them; by that stage I'd throttled back a bit to avoid threatening cramp. More on that below. But first, a few random comments as promised:
Marigold -- as I've said elsewhere, I was borderline weepy on hearing your result. Can't wait to see how you do in the new realms that have just opened up to you. Totally cool pictures and TV too; I think you managed to get your arms at just the right angle to match your blog header picture again too
bufo -- take a screenshot of your powerof10 page while you're UK #1 for U23 marathon! That was a jaw-dropping debut. As I said, I've always been impressed by your mature pacing. You're definitely "one to watch".
CC2 -- more borderline weepiness
CD -- ha yes, I've got a video clip from a friend featuring both of us at 600m too. You've got to have one of the highest age gradings round here.
CL -- you were deadly this year. I was within 5 metres of you at 15M when I had a bit of a surge, and assumed I would be going past. But you were so strong, just gradually and unstoppably putting distance between us until the end. A fine run by you and again that must be a dead impressive WAGA %.
Yasanuga -- they have flexible squashable polythene water pouches in the Cambridge HM which should be less hazardous (and less wasteful) than hard bottles. Bad luck.
Wardi -- _very_ bad luck, that's just awful. As we saw with Mo in NY and the elite woman last year, being tripped can happy right at the pointy end, though I guess congestion makes it more likely in the thicker parts of the field.
TR -- really pleased you still bagged a trademark 2:5x after your ruined campaign.
ON7 -- incredible progression for you.
How's the DOMS? My quads are worse than last year I'm sure, one stair at a time first thing though they got better after cycling to work.
And what can I learn from next time? As I was saying at the pub, TR is quite right -- all my overdistance runs did not, this time, save me from what could have become disastrous cramp. I wasn't hitting the wall fuelling-wise; I was clear headed and running strongly (5:59 mile 24) when it hit. So I like the end-of-race confidence and strength the long runs give me. But looking back on this campaign, I was very low on quality; I only did one long run with a block of MP, and my MLRs were often compromised by weary legs. So my lesson for next time I think is to apply a little more icing on my cake, so that my muscles are better acclimatised to operating at race speed for more extended periods. I fancy experimenting with a w