Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:56
Well that was fun! Beachy Head Marathon never ceases to supprise me As you know, I have had a chest cold all week and had decided not to race. Until late Thursday/Friday when it had eased off from full blown Man Flu, so I changed my mind and went for it! Got up this morning, still coughing up interesting coloured stuff and feeling weak, got to the start line thinking I wish I was still in bed, and got going
I had two plans, A) sub 5 and B) just enjoy the long run. Much to my supprise, I was on track for sub 5 right up to CP4 ! But after that two things happened. Man Flu caught back up with me and chest was off again, and the 130 + steps arrived followed by the 7 Bitches which this year are near vertical both up and down!
I accepted I couldnt push as hard so dropped pace (ok, the bitches did that for me) and just went for the fininsh.
After the last 2 miles or so down hill, I 'ran' down the final steep hill and did a sprint finish (yes you read that right) that last couple of miles I overtook quite a few people which was nice
Final time? 5:39:15 after 26 miles, 4000ft of climb and dont forget the 4000ft of decent
The moral of this story? If you have been ill all week, and make the decision not to race, F'kin stick with it Still, I had a great day out, am happy that if I had been at normal fitness levels I would have got my A) plan with possibly as much as 30 mins to spare. Next year...