Posted: 25/04/2006 at 22:53
CRAB -I've heard it all now. Although i have never done it myself (go when running), I did find myself explaining runners toiletry habits in a race, but that one I havent heard!
I have been feeling remarkably mobile today although very tired. Even managed to run across the road! I celebrated in style on sunday with a gourmet burger (highly recommended), 4 bottles of champage (shared with a couple of others) and a pizza finally getting to bed at midnight. Had day off yesterday which found me eating chocolate cake and muffins. I took the carbo loading a bit too seriously last week as my hubby called me porky this morning. And shock horror, I looked down and there was a little belly! Think I deserve it though!
I'm not sure I will run another marathon for a while. I found that the most difficult marathon mentally that I have ever run. I also found that my shoulders and thoracic spine ache from pumping my arms in the effort of the last 3 miles to get my sub 3. I dont think I will ever run significantly faster than that, and it would be unlikely that raising my game to 70mpw would gain me much more than 2 minutes, and I'm not sure my body would cope. I knocked 8 mins off my pb as it is.
On the training front, someone on this thread(whose name escapes me) mentioned they had some time off in feb through injury which helped them, and likewise i had time off because i was on honeymoon. Although I think I may have missed out on a long run, I did resume my training far stronger and quicker than before the break, and likewise, i didn't go easy again until the taper. I also maxed on 52mpw and did very few mp runs, but had one half marathon race(a new pb), and I did do some speed training whether it was track or fartlek. I would like to have done longer mid week runs and two more long runs but it wasn't possible. Still, it worked for me on the day. I think the sheer effort of managing a wedding, my workload and marathon training made it all seem so much harder than it was, hence the reluctance to do another marathon.
I think I will concentrate on 10kms and halfs for the next year and see how I get on. I may try a marathon after I've dropped a couple of sprogs in a few years and see what difference that makes (supposed to make you more 'enduring' therefore faster??).
Thanks to everyone for your congrats and likewise, well done to everyone. It worked for me on the day but it so easily could not have done. I'm slightly suprised I managed it myself given that my training was erratic, prep was not the best and I put on a kg in the week before the marathon. I was praying from mile 20 that i wasn't going to hit the wall too soon as I knew I would be f**ked, and although i'm not religious, think he upstairs might have been listening!! My game plan was to try and pace it and see how far I got. Worked to some degree as did my slowest mile between 23 and 24, and sheer bloody mindedness got me to the end. I was in alot of pain by then but the thought of missing out on a sub 3 by seconds when I was so close got me over the line, thankfully on good time.
Dan A, I am gutted for you. We all know it's in you, your times have shown that but it just didnt pull together on sunday. As you said, we nearly all underestimate the marathon and it is always harder than we expect it to be. Whichever way you look at it, it is still a tremendous effort - dont be too hard on yourself - play golf, drink beer and forget about it! Once you start getting a beer belly then get running again!
Good night all - hope everyone feels less sore tomorrow!