Posted: 27/08/2014 at 11:39
Big G - tragic news about your club mate. His family must be devastated.
Shades - great pb and a prize too. Congratulations
Moore & Emmy - well done on yet more marathons . I believe that in future they are putting the extra loop on at the beginning as so many runners were dejected when it came just before the end.
Great to see Keith (and Hippo and a few other usual suspects) at Boston . I had a pretty good run - steady running until 31 laps and then added a couple of walks each lap on the very short and shallow inclines. As I walked the same sections each time the pacing stayed even if slower. Managed to run the last 2 laps and then we had to trot round in circles on the grass until the time was up. Did 63 miles and 825 yds which I was extremely pleased with (and which I think will probably be my final pb!). Had a bit of stomach cramp from about mile 22 which resulted in an enforced loo stop of 10 mins at mile 24, but was ok after. Big problem was that I found my mouth was too dry to eat much, although I had plenty of water with electrolytes, plain water and coke. I managed half a scotch pancake (plain ones are too hard too digest but they didn't have the ones with lemon and raisins), a couple of pretzels, a bite of flapjack, 2 dried apricots and 2 boiled sweets ( which felt like life savers at the end). If I ever do this again I will take things like rice pud, yogurt and jelly which slide down. Couldn't even drink my choc milk at the end , but called in at a McD on the way back and devoured large fries and a very large coke . The course was good with plenty of variety within just a mile. Hot day with sunshine along the river stretch but also a good bit of shade too. Fantastic support from the marshalls, lap counters, supporters and fellow runners who we were continually meeting. Good day out - worth doing next year folks .
Did Pathfinder Walk near Cambridge on Monday (well, it was on the way home and I had booked it before Boston). Found it very tough - legs ached and were filled with concrete. Weather didn't help as it teemed down with rain and also blew gale force winds at one point - I actually wore my waterproof jacket the whole time and didn't overheat. I love this event though and was lucky enough that DD walked/ran most of it with me - his constant chatter kept me going. Finally staggered in at 6:55 . I found eldest daughter and dog had walked the short event and she had reserved the last egg for me so that I could have an egg roll at the finish . Sad to find that next years event will probably be the last as the race organiser is retiring - hope someone else will step in to continue it. This low key event really is a highlight of the Bank Hol Weekend - do this one too folks!!