Posted: 29/09/2014 at 07:48
Still in Inverness with very dodgy Internet connection so fingers crossed I don't lose the postv
Amazing experience for me A target of sub 3.50 achieved with 36 seconds to spare
3.49.23 1.53 first half so l lost just 3 minutes , I kept running up the hill after Dores and was surprised that I was one of the few runners actually running up there and got loads of praise for doing so, I was expecting it to be alot worse
I though I may struggle with lack of support you get at big city marathons but the peace and quite and hearing the waters of the loch lapping against the shore just meters away at times was surreal
The first half was mostly downhill which I though may be good but reeling oneself in for 9 miles of running downhill left my quads very stiff early on and I did wonder if they would turn to stone before 20 miles and after the hill at Dores when someone said all downhill from here ( usually music to my ears ) I though oh god no !!!
It was tough over the last couple of miles but I could see if I really pushed it , ignore the feeling of nausea I could scrape under 3.50 god knows where it came from but the last .2 was sub 7.20 min miling ! Sorry I didn't hear you SC but thanks all the same I had no idea you would be there at the end pity we didn't meet up
SM6 I hope you enjoyed the course dispite being disappointed with your time ,
OH you do an awful lot of long races and no way could have recovered from the week before so to get a sub 4.30 is pretty impressive !
Will read back properly when I get home this internet connection is poor and I don't want to lose this long post