Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:51
What a brilliant day yesterday
There seemed to be MGers coming out of the woodwork at The Red Lion as evidenced by the pic above. And a good job too, we had 30 pints of free beer to tackle. By the end of the evening we had polished off 25 so there's room for improvement next year
TR, your question about the heat is very pertinent. It was certainly warm at the start and kept getting warmer but it still felt comfortable to run in. It was deceptive though because at the end most of us were pretty pink and I'm sure that I had a bit of mild sun stroke as we got to the pub.
As for the run itself, bearing in mind that Manchester was just 7 days earlier, it was without question the most enjoyable run around VLM.
When I had a brief chat with Phil at 4 miles I was thinking that maybe a low 2:50s was likely but the only aim, if there was one, was to try to run two sub 3s in 7 days, a feat I would have scoffed at until very recently.
By the finish a 2:57:52 on the back of the 2:51:52 at Manchester had been very straightforward, a nice flowing run. Surprised but very pleased.
Hannah nearly got a sub 3 with 3:00:45, 5 minutes quicker than Manchester.
DT - There is plenty to be happy about with that as a first marathon. You might be quite surprised if you did a survey of first marathon times of people on here and on Sub 3, I'm pretty sure that the average will be a good bit slower than 3:18.
TR - Well done on surving the best man's speech, a tough task indeed. Are you starting to chomp at the bit yet thinking about Ediburgh?