Posted: 15/04/2014 at 00:15
It's been nice reading the race reports with all the impressive results.
Marigold, you really did smash it out there which isn't easy when you're running solo
Great debut Bufo
CW, CL & CD - You guys do tend to get it right on the day and pleased you got the sub 2.40 CL, especially as your all the lower mileage types although CW you are doing more these days.
TR - It had to be a 2.54, you are one of the most consistent on here with less mileage in last 3 months than some do in 1.
CC2 - Sub 3 and running strong at the end, sounds like you could have carried on.
Lev - What a run you did, Coro - How you keep knocking out the 2.35's off very little amazes me.
SL - Sounded like a comfortable run until you stopped for the family hug.
DS2 - Quite a pb there. Well done.
Dachs - Marathoning is a bloody hard game but will be much sweeter when you smash it. I reckon there is a 2.35 in there when it all comes together. You've certainly got the talent.
AW, Yasunaga, Toro - Tough runs from you guys but at least you put yourselves on the line,
Old No.7 - You paced it really well and a neg split, liked you're out of body experience thinking it wasn't you running. Better get the photos printed just to make sure,
Haven't forgotten you HR, solid run and I saw your result and wished you those 8s. Shame if someone had told you at 800m to go you prob would have done it, Next time mate.
Started day off in the Champs area which was a new experience for me and probably one of the slowest in there. Was quite at home in the FGFA the last few years, Had a quick chat with CD and CL.
Onto the race and took about 8/9s to cross line and got going alright just behind CL, let him go about 3/4m in as he was running well and I really had to run my own race.
I tried to settle into some groups but found this quite hard early on due to numbers of people at this point. Also adjusted pace to hr early on as wanted to make sure I left enough for 2nd half. I took 1st gel of 3 at 8m which seemed to kick in about 5mins later. At 10m found it to be a bit harder than it should be and this was to be one of many ups and downs to my day. Through halfway in 1.21.16 (1min slower than 2012) which was ok but knew I wouldn't be able to do that again as was already having thoughts that my 2.42 was out of the window. Had my 2nd gel around 14 and again this soon kicked in (why did I only bring 3 gels), and most of the race sipped water every 2m and the luco I never took much more than a few sips and mainly swilled it around the mouth and spat out. I didn't look at watch much after halfway so forgot about hr and splits and just tried to take mile by mile. Hit a bit of headwind around 15 so slipped back a couple of strides behind a couple of guys to take the brunt. Found Isle of Dogs pretty hard but got a little lift in Canary Wharf especially when I saw the family. Think there was a slight incline around 19 which slowed me a bit and took final gel at 20ish, again another lift soon after but was short lived. Got a buzz back on the highway at 22m getting ashout out from CRAB. I had slowed partly due to legs feeling like balsa wood and was thinking I was going to dramatically slow to 2.50. Made it to the underpass after 23 and knew it was only a few miles from there. I was still taking people on the embankment (Jock Itch gave me some encouragement here) and the last 5k split wasn't as bad as I thought looking back, but I thought it was at the time. Got to 25m around 2.37ish and knew 2.45 had gone. My good hamstring started cramping as soon as what I would call an upping of the pace so reigned it in right there and for the