Posted: 14/04/2014 at 10:46
What a fantastic event the London marathon is.
As posted I was really pleased with the way things went today.
I wanted a sub a sub 2:45 and I got it. It was a really brilliant day. I started with RC and was determined to stay together with him and run as even a race as possible. It has never felt so easy at the start, partly because I normally start quicker maybe, but for once my first 5 k split was not my quickest!
I felt bad about moving away from RC, I was trying to fathom where he was but did not have accurate splits so was unsure of exact pace. Anyway I kept feeling easy and normally I am red lining it. We had two timing chips off the champs start for some reason and I lost one at mile 8 and was concerned The other one might come loose, thankfully it didn't.
I was trying to stay focused and on target. As usual, the isle of dogs was a slog and through the final 10 k my legs were killing and I was feeling cramp. Aerobically I was really comfortable but as we all know the marathon is about endurance and mine was fading.
I put in a relatively quick mile 23 to stop the rot and knew I should get there if I just kept going without detonating.
I really don't like the 800, 600, etc metre countdown it completely does my head in every time but when I turned onto Birdcage Walk it was just the best feeling. Elated at the finish!
I though the conditions were great but found it hot and doused myself with water at every opportunity. Only had two gels, think I should have had another to help at the end.
The fantastic weather made it a glorious way to spend the rest of the day.
Looking forward to doing some shorter stuff now and will probably do an autumn marathon if I can face the training.