Posted: 01/08/2015 at 23:18
Finally the run...
Justplodon overtook me near the end of the run and so we were in T2 at the same time although he hung back a bit after asking me if I fancied doing the run together, which was really good of him. It was the first full distance for both of us and neither of us had ever run a marathon so the company and moral support was welcome.
Out of sodden clothes and in to dry ones knowing full well they too would be sodden before too long as we ventured out for the run to a great cheer from some Pirate spectators. The run is a bit of a blur apart from getting soaked, dodging puddles until they couldn't be avoided, running and walking due to both of us having GI problems and having to hit the portaloos (Just was in there so long I had to keep asking if he was OK as I thought he'd fallen in), walking the feedstations and having lots of laughs with, volunteers other runners and spectators. We did so much chatting, Aaarghing and high fiving you'd have thought we were on one huge lap of honour instead of a race but it was the best part of the whole day in terms of fun. One of the funnier moments was when we both had to do our laces up, which isn't easy after 14 hours. After a marshal mentioned we might like to get a bit of a giddy up we upped the pace a bit and Just implemented a run 5 mins, walk 5 mins strategy which got us to the finish OK, thanks mate!
The finish in the dark was awesome with the welcome tunnel which topped the day off in grand style, many thanks to all who were there.
6hr 20 run/walk/dawdle.
Total time was 16hr 13 which isn't great but to be fair I reckon is a true reflection of my training. I finished and had fun along the way. I learned a lot from my mistakes, about myself and the distance, but above all it was a wake up call to get my arse in gear if I want to even get off the bike at Lanza next year. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way and on the day....now here do I get my Pirate symbol?