Posted: 24/12/2013 at 20:43
Well, I managed 4:14:40 which is 21 minutes slower than my road marathon PB (although that one wasn't entirely flat!) so I don't think that was too shabby even though I was a little bit disappointed on the day.
I was annoyed about the start too. It was chaotic and while I was queuing for the baggage I was surprised the race was off early and while there were so many runners still inside. The communication could have been improved I felt. I did get caught behind slower runners on the narrow sections so I decided to enjoy it as a day out rather than get stressed about racing for a time. I did have a comedy moment with a 6 foot bloke skipping in front of me to avoid a puddle which I ran through. He didn't seem happy I splashed him. I wonder if he got round with dry trainers?
I think I must have been one of the last few through the high tide, which was interesting! Quite funny really, although having trainers full of grit for the last two miles wasn't much fun, but it did take my mind off the wind to some extent.
I did enjoy the race and the atmosphere was very friendly so I might be back next year. My legs are still complaining but I did manage a gentle 4 miles today which has helped loosen me up a bit. Yesterday I was wincing a lot!!
Zoe, I always lose my appetite after running a marathon and don't normally eat much after or the next day. Today the munchies hit, just in time for Christmas
I have a trail 18 mile race in January to look forward to, then the Grizzly and then another marathon. Happy Christmas everyone