Posted: 25/02/2014 at 08:27
Hi everyone! I'm back. Sorry about the late check in but I knew with the tracking and facebook the news would filter through.
I'll catch up properly in a second but here's the race report.
So Seville… was awesome! Everything went according to plan. Got there on Friday afternoon and went straight to the expo which was a much smaller affair than the VLM. Saturday was spent checking out the sites. Tried not to do too much walking but Seville is stunning so it wasn’t easy… Made sure a lot of sitting down in cafes and chilling out on the banks of Gladalquivir was included.
The start was a 20min walk from the hotel. Got there in plenty of time. Hardly any queues for the toilets, very well organised so very low stress levels. We set off at 9 to the sounds of ‘We’re on the road to hell’ (must be a Spanish thing, they played the same song in San Sebastian).
I was going to stay just below 7.35 but the night before I’d realised that I can’t manually lap on my new garmin (the time- average lap data display is not there- grrrrrr) so went with what gps was saying. It meant that I was aware it was going to overmeasure and I needed to go slightly quicker. The first half flew by. 7.31, 7.30, 7.30, 7.33, 7.31, 7.33, 7.36, 7.33, 7.31, 7.34, 7.33, 7.27, 7.36. I felt great, the sun was shining but there was a nice chill in the air and a lot of the course was shaded so it felt just right. Very few women taking part so there was a lot of ‘guapa’ and ‘campeona’ shouting coming from the sidelines which was nice.
Past 13m and still felt very good. Miles 13-20; 7.24, 7.29, 7.35, 7.33, 7.28, 7.42, 7.33. I think the 3rd 10km split was faster than the 2nd. That’s when it started hurting a bit. I reached for my last gel and realised that it wasn’t there, it must’ve fallen out of my belt. It threw me a bit but fortunately I managed to grab one from the next feeding station. It went down well and I carried on. The sun was really shining by this point and we turned back into the city centre which was very exposed with no shade and I started getting hot and bothered.
From around 23 miles it felt tough tough tough. I started slowing down a bit more at the water stations to make sure I got enough water in and cooled myself down with sponges which must have cost me good 30-40s in total but I knew I needed to do that to keep on going. The last 6m were 7.53, 7.43, 7.34, 7.51, 8.06, 8.14. It felt like a slow death but looking at the splits it was really only the last two miles where I slowed down significantly.
I saw Mr Brol at 38km and he knew better than to tell me I was almost there but he later told me I looked a lot more comfortable at that stage that in any other marathon he’d seen me. It most certainly didn’t feel comfortable.!
Then the stadium was there, through a tunnel and one lap around. I looked at my watch and saw 3.21, somehow found it in me to speed up on the last straight and overtake a few people. Done!
Official result 3.21.14. I came 1998th out of 7925 and 43rd woman out of 657. 11th in my age category. Not exactly 3.20 but close enough and I can honestly say that I ran my heart out and there wasn’t anything else left in the legs. Very very happy with that.
Thank you for all the kind words and to those who bothered to track me. I know it was a stressful morning for Minni, especially that my last split didn't come up on time. I had an amazing time in Seville, it's agreat place and I would definitely recommend the race.
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