Posted: 10/10/2016 at 12:39
ES -- that's a massive PB, well done!
Jools -- sorry it wasn't a great day, but hopefully a decent one. Funnily enough I was just reaching the opposite conclusion, i.e. my 4-month VLM build-up is maybe too long, compared with more like 2? months this time... but then it followed VLM and will have built upon it to some extent.
So yes, York for me. And at the grand old age of 46.5... a PB! By 16 sec rather than ES' 4 mins, but hey, I'd lost hope of getting any PBs so this was highly satisfactory to say the least. 2:38:30 for me. I was cackling manically as I ran the last 50m knowing I was going to do it. Sorry to have missed Wardi but did see Marders both on the start line and afterwards. He did claim to have had to work pretty hard for his sub-2:20 at least!
A shameless copy & paste of my report on FB last night:
For the runners, a brief report (and GPS links below): a few modest hills, slight headwind on the way out, tailwind on the way back, so a -ve split should have been in order. But I was torn because my heart rate kept falling below the 145 bpm I'd decided was right even at 6:00 m/M pace into the breeze; my legs were less sure, with a pang in my right quad (like VLM) and my calves feeling the effort a little. Remembering that I thought I'd maybe held back a little too much in VLM in similar circumstances, I took a punt this time... and I ended up sailing close to the wind to be sure, suffering a bit in the latter stages with a schoolboy +ve split [44 sec I think], it wasn't too bad. (Official "halfway" mat seemed to be at 13.0 not 13.11M BTW so don't trust that.) So I may not have managed the golden 6:00/M average that seemed possible until about 18M (the point when we turned uphill and into the wind for 2M, and I was losing it a bit anyway), but what the hell, I was grinning like a loon once in sight of the finishing clocks, knowing that I was going to PB. Embarrassingly my somewhat trashed quads were then not able to slow me down on the downhill finishing slope, so I had a near miss with various officials and radio journos... (BBC York then interviewed me by mistake, as 2nd place had a surname of 'Charles' which was written on my bib ).