Posted: 14/04/2014 at 08:21
Due to the issue I had last year I changed my breakfast routine, so going down for breakfast at 6am I had toast and jam and a banana, I also had my first coffee in a week
Like everyone else I traveled to the start and found a nice spot to sit in the sun with my second coffee of the day " felt a little wired" after dropping my bag off I made my way down to pen 3 and was at the front so plan 1 done. I spent the next 45 mins laughing and joking with a few helpers who's job it was to hold everyone back and stop us sneaking into pen 2. With two minutes to the off we where all moved forward and ready for the off. Ok I said 3:15 but felt on PB shape but never told anyone even Anita I was going for it. Looking forward before the off I could see the 3:15 pacer in front and also the 2:59 pacer further forward. The race started and after a short walk/jog I crossed the start line and the pacers where gone into the distance. I settled down and enjoyed what felt like a jog for the first 6 miles splits: 6:42, 6:38, 6:38, 6:38, 6:42, 6:01 just after the down hill section I passed the 3:15 pacer but couldn't see the 2:59 pacer. I was soaking up the atmosphere but had a plan not to drink any water until the second half, between miles 8 &
9 I took my first of three gels. Splits for the next seven miles: 6:35, 8:08, 6:46, 6:46, 6:32, 6:34, 6:40. The reason for the slow mile was there was a big group of runners who had all slowed and I found it a bit difficult to get past I think they must of started with the 2:59 pacer but just couldn't keep the pace going, it was also at this stage that it started to warm up a little. Just after half way I could see the 2:59 pacer in front and started to close the gap. Passing him in mile 16, I also passed another 2:59 pacer at mile 18, now if you where going for sub 3 hours you didn't want to be following these two guys. Splits to mile 20: 6:43, 6:36, 6:36, 6:36, 6:54,6:39, 6:33, 6:37, 5:44 ok this is where I lost my PB, I felt great and had just taken a gel and the second sip of water and I noticed another pacer in front of me the third 2:59 pacer who was I believe the only one to get it right. Phil from the sub 3 forum on which I lurk
so I settled in behind him. Miles 20 to 22: 6:48, 7:00 ok I had no issues but the legs now where starting to feel that 5:44 mile which was just too fast, so grit the teeth and push on: 7:08, 7:31 two miles to go out of the tunnel and onto the embankment grit the teeth and just keep going: 7:44 because I had setup my Garmin for laps and as a stop watch I know I went through half way just under 1:28 and I paid for chasing down that last pacer who did a fantastic job but in those last couple of miles he went away from me. I saw Anita at Birdcage walk just before I turned into the Mall my time was 2:59:25 just short of my PB. I had taken only 3 gels and less than half a bottle of water. I met up and was interviewed by the Firefighters Charity before I met up with some club mates who all ran great races. This year I never put myself under any pressure and I did ere on the cautious side with regards to gel and fluid intake and it paid off. Looking back I started training two weeks before Christmas and not my normal first week of November. I cut my mileage back from 90+ miles a week to 70+ miles a week. I also increased my swimming and core work which has left me with a tidy six pack
After last year I was going to stop running as I felt so down, what a difference a year makes and if I can do this aged 53 I know lots of you on here are capable of it as well. Thank you all for your support not only this year but since I first started posting back in 2007/2008.