Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:13
Lesson 1: Try to stick to a recognised training plan rather make it up as you go along
Lesson 2: Do more speedwork, Marathon Pace runs and a few races
Lesson 3: Get tight hamstrings treated early rather than hope they'll just go away
Lesson 4: Don't get a cold that lays you flat for the 3 weeks before a marathon
Lesson 5: A DNF is not all bad, I convinced myself it takes a lot of inner strength to make yourself give in and hop on the bus back to the finish!
My first ever DNF, but I'm not too surprised. There's no way I wanted to struggle around from 15 miles and do a 4hr20+ marathon in such a small field. Not at all defeatist just a bit of realism. I wanted to run 3hr40 and until 13 was on track but of course that doesn't count! At least the ride back in the ambulance with 2 other men my age was enjoyable (N.B. 40 something year old men are obviously more prone to DNF than others!)
Now I'm home my legs are in a little bit of spasm and there's a touch of sciatica thrown in for good measure. I shall buy a foam roller this week and get back to some short stuff for a while.
Great to see Fido (just the once) my enthusiastic High 5 was all show of course, by 14 miles the writing was on the wall!
On a positive note Alastair from our club came second in 2:32 which he's delighted about!