Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:49
Ok here goes. Met up with Mr B & a few others in the FGFA start as planned, thank god I did as being new to that start I would have found my way to the back if left to my own devices. Set off with Mr B & Ode at planned 6:15 pace & unfortunately we lost Mr B early on, which made it all the nicer of Ode to guide me round through all the relevant splits bang on our target pace, hitting halfway in 1:22:01.
Was rather surprised when Ode told me it was becoming tough around the 15 mile mark & dropped back, I thought he was looking better than me. From 16 miles I was just trying not to get ahead of myself & take it one at a time. I was a bit nervy through canary wharf as the GPS inevitably went loopy but still felt quite relaxed through 20. It became hard work soon after though & it got tricky mentally too. Sub 2:45 always seemed ambitious & I was expecting to crack, having reached 21 it was tempting to say I had given it a good go but back off & settle for sub 2:50. A glace at the watch said I was still going well though & I kept my mile at a time approach.
22 & 23 ticked off, passing a reasonable few in a thinning field, through 24 & there is Westminster up ahead, blimey this might just happen. Through 25, round the corner & a huge cheer from my family. Pressing on one last turn & I'm on the mall, clock says 2:43:XX Now I'm not one for out of body experiences but it all felt rather surreal as I crossed the line in 2:43:47, how did that happen? That can't have been me! A near 14 minute pb & a negative split.
Great to meet so more fredders in the line afterwards & catch up Ode again. Not sure I could have don that without your help. Head still spinning.
Many other great performances on the day, but Marigold, WOW!