Posted: 18/04/2005 at 21:57
Well .... my turn !
Firstly what a brilliant job you all did, even those of you who suffered. When I started this thread, I never thought how involved we would all get, how friendly and supportive - and basically wonderful !
My race did not go as planned. I finished in 5.20.08 which was slower than my previous attempt in 2001 despite more time training but it was obviously not the right kind of training - not enough long runs, no speed work or fartlek etc..
I had a wonderful day - great crowds, lovely weather and just happy to know I was out there doing it. I knew I was going to finish and that, in the end, the time wouldn't matter. My wife has made me promise faithfully not to do it again (especially as I said "never again" the last time !" and she's right because I shall never have the willpower or time to put the proper training in. So it's up to half-marathons from now on.
I only spotted one Smiley as paintedlady shot past me ! althoough I think I saw the Honey man in front of me at about the same point. Yet again I carried the gels around with me and the honey and couldn't face consuming them but I drank loads, probably too much at the time but I'm still rehydrating now.
I've recovered better than last time, less hobbling around and it's only getting up afrter sitting down when the muscles take a while to respond.
I really pitied the travellers from Waterloo when the trains arrived already chokka ! Hope that you managed all right in the end.
I think that we've all got a lot to be proud of and again Congratulations all round ( Now let's get the money in !)