Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:08
A very painful Manchester Marathon, things were going well, we running 9'30" -9'40" min/mile pace then at 7 miles my back decided start playing up. I was struggling to keep up with Horse so I told him to go on which he did reluctantly. I then started to get worse but said to myself "I'll get to halfway and see how I feel" I was now running about 800 mts and walking 400mts so I knew it was going to be a long painful day.
Well 13 miles came and went, I'll run/walk to the 14 mile marker, that also came and went and thats how it went reaching for the next mile. at 15 mile my feet were numb and my calfs were starting to cramp, this I put down to my unnatural running gait due to trying to protect my back.
By now my run was getting shorter and the walking was getting longer and each mile seemed to take for ever I was running like a duck, waddling sort of sideways. The only thing keeping me going was Cake was still behind me somewhere and the fact I have never had a DNF.
I was now into the last couple of miles and I couldn't run any more so it was more of a half hearted speed walk but it was getting me there. with 500mts to go to the finish , Cake came up alongside me and asked if I was ok and stayed with me for a few minutes then said " I'm going on cos I'm no getting beaten by you" Typical. so with 200 mts to go Horse met me and gave me a big hug which lifted me off my feet and caused my left calf to lock solid "ooooouuuucccchh, so with Horse and Sarah ( Cake's wife) pulling and pushing my foot they eventually sorted it out so off I went down the finish chute, and finally crossed the line in 5' 42" unofficial time.
I have never been so glad to finish a race in all my competing days. It was a tough day made harder by the fact I hadnt put the miles in due to injury.
Horse finished in 4'50" ish and Cake must have in 5 Minutes ahead of me.
A great event and wonderful support from the crowds and marshalls.