Posted: 27/04/2015 at 14:07
well done Literatin - Golfer (though got pacing wrong!) and Jim
To follow on from about 5 proper runs in 5 previous weeks then had really bad chest infection which anti biotics and even proscribed course of steroids failed to clear which meant no running in final week either and was running against doctors orders. was planning just to run 3:15 but though flat out and wheezing running first mile in 7, decided to at least try a sub-3 and was ok at 10k but realised wasn't well enough and had really bad calf twinge and eased back and just about did enough for the 3:15 and at least 2 more tries as good for age.
Legs were agony on the descent at 23 but slight recovery last mile. Chest and breathing wasn't as bad as feared in race though have had 1000 violent coughs since and chest, lungs and throat feel like been battered. I still feel dehydrated and still 5kg less than when I started.
Right calf still tight but didn't get any worse after 10k and if anything slightly eased.
I have accidentally picked up the legs of the first M80.
Certainly 3:14 doesn't reflect fitness I was in in March but all I could do and at least reached my pre marathon targets in terms of 10k, HM and number of long runs.
Marathon can be a lottery, in terms of all the training and then it all going well on race day.
On plus side, lots of club and training group did very well and there things went to plan. Clare won her W50 age group despite getting pacing wrong. Shona ran 2:40 PB club record, CL set club vets record 2:37 and Steve and Ebe did first sub 3 and others in group - Helen, Kevin, Laura, Gideon etc did PBs and were inside their targets.