Posted: 26/04/2010 at 20:06
Thanks to everyone for there support...and well done to everyone too..
R salter- Gutted for you..so close- you will nail it next time.
For me I felt ok up till half way and came in at around 1hr 31. then my quads started cramping up and i began having some really negative thoughts..Ive never had that sort of pain in my quads before so it was just strange for me..I wonder if it was my change of shoes, or dehydration, or lack of cycling (not strengthening my quads)..I really don't know but from that point onward it was a real struggle to keep going at any pace.
At mile 17 i started getting stitches and had to stop and stretch at one point as i started to hyper ventilate..at that point i just thought, i'm just going to drop back at a pace that i can complete this marathon at and not receive medical help!!
At mile 22 i passed 3 of my club mates who were walking...2 were supporting a guy who was well on for sub 3 at mile 22 then hit a brick wall...I felt really emotional at this point because he deserved it so much and it was such a horrible thing to see.
i kept going at a steady pace with everyone passing me...up to the finish. I made it to the finish and just felt rubbish...
Regarding my pacing...Yes I probably could have gone quicker if i had started slower- but I wanted a sub 3, that was my goal, and the whole point for me, so I had to go at the pace-I am glad i did otherwise I would never have known whether or not I could do it.
So im obviously gutted, and can hardly walk still- well have to do everything straight legged! I can't even think about doing the whole thing again..but if I did I would;
a) Pick a smaller, quieter marathon that was less stressful than London
b) Not put as much pressure on myself as i did and Relax a bit more about it all
Being part of the supersix has been great and have really enjoyed the forums.. thanks everyone for taking time to write on them and supporting everyone.
I haven't heard from Paul since middle of last week- so Paul- hope you are ok?