Posted: 01/09/2016 at 10:03
Welcome back FOXY!
yes you did have a mare with Paris ... it was bloody hot as well (relatively speaking of course) out of the 49K finishers I doubt there were too many negative splits. You were flying to start with ... but in the marathon the virus always catches up with you .... you did well to finish in my opinion so good to just chalk that one down to experience. It's always good to try to take a positive out of every race. In this case it's a warning to all, that running when you are post viral is risky, and you have to know your limitations and be prepared to DNF if things really get on top .... the organisers always say don't run if you have had a virus in the last 4 weeks .... because they don't want you collapsing mid race, but we are stubborn marathon runners who can just keep going, we are mentally very strong.
good luck in Philly Foxy .... you like a Stateside race .... surely you should try to bag a couple of a 20 mile training runs in September and upgrade your bib to this: http://www.philadelphiamarathon.com/races and google Rocky Challenge, maybe do 39.3 that weekend