Posted: 22/04/2005 at 13:25
Hi everybody, long time no speak - sorry about that, had a few issues to deal with over the last couple of weeks so..... I'm here now albeit briefly.
RHG - you go girl - have a great race and don't leave it as long as i have to report back. Thinking of you.
Who else is racing this weekend? LMH?? Mark?? TB?? anybody else? I haven't had a chance to read back so not sure what's happening but good luck to all racers this weekend - have a great time.
I've had a manic couple of weeks. The weekend before the mara my Dad got taken into hospital for an emergency operation so I charged off to Southend and stayed with Mum until the Tuesday evening. No sleep and knackered. Work Wed n Thurs then back to Mum on Fri. London Sat and the expo and then it was Sunday - what a glorious day. As soon as I opened the curtains Sunday morning i knew i was in trouble. Beautiful blue sky - big yellow sun - who trains in those conditions all through the winter eh??
so 6hrs 1min 18secs went by and then I finally made it to the finish line. I had sunstroke and the sickness didn't pass until 5pm on Monday night!! Only muscle pain was my quads which are ok now but I do have an infection in my big toe which is really really painful (who's laughing). Finally obeyed LMH's nagging :-) and went to the quack to be told "take these antibiotics for 7 days - if it gets better it's an infection deep in the toe, if it doesn't get better then you've broken it"!! Great eh? Did it at mile 7 when I slipped on a water bottle and stabbed my toe into the ground on recovery.
The atmosphere at FLM is fantastic though and I had a great day. I won't do London again but my goals now are to improve my speed (2hr half would be good - ha! only 28 minutes to lose there then!) and then another mara in about 1 year - aiming to beat the 5 hour mark. Watch this space and we'll see if it happens.
Beanz - fantastic race report - well done - it was damned hard work in that heat and I admire your staying power. sorry we didn't meet up over the weekend - had to get back to Dad on the sunday who, incidentally, has started his recovery now so panic over for the moment.
ST - good on ya - sub 5 hours - I'm very jealous :-)
Love to you all - have great weekends and I'll try not to stay away so long.