Posted: 14/04/2014 at 07:43
Well done reikirabbit - great new shiny PB
Foot very sore this morning, so I can imagine how much worse it would be had I gone any further. Thr right decision but really gutted as I knew my training had gone well and I'd put myself in with a great chance of a good time. But I'd been running with the foot problem for a while, and thought I'd get away with it as it always eased off. Not yesterday though! Possibly I hadn't worn in my shoes enough (50 miles), plus consistent MP miles, but whatever the problem it definitely bit me.
Malcs was in a great spot and easy to see - the crowd was quite thin around 10 miles and as soon as I'd gone under the footbridge he'd mentioned I could see him up ahead. A cheer and a high 5 was very welcome - thanks Malcs!
I also managed to see some other friends at 11 miles, but by then my mind was trying to decide what I should do. As I approached Tower Bridge I initially though I would stop , and in fact I did stop on the bridge just after the 20k mat. Walked for a bit and then started to run again. I really wanted to see the lead runners on the other side of the Highway, so trotted along until they came through. Looked at the clock at half way (I'd actually stopped my Garmin by that point) - 1.36.xx, which was actually bang on schedule even allowing for the 30 seconds or so I'd spent walking....but I knew I was going to stop so didn't dwell on it. Just before 14 miles the lead runners came through, and then Mo appeared and the roars from the crowds and all us runners were incredible. It was worth running to that point just to hear that! But soon after, as we went round into Narrow Street I hopped off to one side.
Then I had to find my way to Limehouse station and eventually back to the finish to get my bag. On the train I got chatting to another runner who had dropped out so am glad I had some company! Got out at Westminster as my Mum was watching in the last mile so would have been waiting to see me. Just missed my brother go through (he did a 2.39!). Mum was surprised to see me, but happy I had my sensible head on!
How did the others get on?