Posted: 14/04/2008 at 12:12
Congratulations for the excellent times all.
I did carry some carbs and in my hands, it really worked, so thanks for the advice. I had one every 4 miles.
I was aiming for a sub 3, and managed 3 hours and 30 seconds. I'm not as gutted as I thought I'd be, and am actually really pleased. I ran the first half in 1 hour 30 and 48 seconds, so a bit cautious perhaps but that does mean a negative split, so that's all good. The biggest lesson I've learned from the day is don't rely solely on a garmin, because when you go through the tunnels and around Canary Warf, it lost the satellites, and I was guessing from thereon in pretty much. That said, I had the best finish to a race ever, and the blow out just never came. I just kept pushing through from 18 miles, and even managed a late sprint(ish) for the line. Last year I crashed at 20 miles and finished in 3 h 14 mins, so it felt good not to lose it this year.
I can't help feeling that if I'd given it more in the first half, I would have a GFA time now, but who knows? A PB by 8 minutes and my legs don't feel too bad today.