Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:26
Ok got to face it sometime. Race report from Chester Mara yesterday. I was feeling strong, well-trained and quietly confident that I could possibly, just possibly, maybe go sub-4.
Turns out that that thing they call the wall actually does exist (not an urban myth after all.) Yes I slammed into it at 18miles and it wasn't pretty. Tears were shed during the last several miles, walking was partaken of.
not going to go into what went wrong...catalogue of things combined probably. Finished in 4:18. Dissatisfied with the time but was just glad to have finished in a respectable time.
Hurting today, much more than after any of my other marathons or long runs. Sub-4 or die at Paris!!! Failure is not an option.