Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:29
Yep .... outstanding runs by you all .... yesterday was perfect weather conditions for knocking out a fast marathon and seems like everyone had a piece of the pie.
Dachs superb job mate ,.... sorry we didn't chat at the pub I was there nattering away for a while.
TT congratulations again, amazing run, nice to meet you again yesterday.
Selbs me old mucker ... glad we said hello before you slipped off .... holy shit you have some power in those legs.
AL_P / Coro wow! CD wow! CW wow! Muss wow! Ryan - cracking! so much 2.30-action all round.
Jools, good to see you down at the pub ... putting up with our witterings when you had the disappointment with the knee. Thanks for the the encouragement. You were on good form. Hopefully see you at London 10,000? (end of May)
TickTock .... another solid sub3 to keep the sequence going and I know you are getting ready for RTTS which I have other pals doing so i'll put you in touch.
Nice to meet Hiroto .... great sub3 .... safe trip back and all the best to you, your wife and new baby.
Dan, I know you were a little disappointed once you realized PB was off the table, but you're still solid, comfortably sub3 ... well done, another one in the can .... don't forget it's been a hectic week of work for you, not ideal preparation mentally. Catch you soon mate.
Nice chatting to Marders and Mrs Marders ... good to put the whole Manchester 2015 short distance PB thing to bed by scalping that yesterday. So damn fast man!
SpeedyG ... you did the race, you got the bling, you'll get back to where you were once you have a decent crack at training. Sometimes in the marathon, it's not about the goal time, it's about finishing it ... you toughed it out. Well done.
I had a good one ... not a PB (13 seconds short of that) .... I wasn't gunning for a PB .... I was pacing the 3 hours with a view to squeeze under 3 if I had anything left towards the end.
FGFA was fun with loads of club mates there and other pals from the running community .... At Heathside we have good standard of old boys and loads of them were going for Sub2.50s, 2.55s sub3s all sorts. I have Tokyo (3.04 no sleep) and Paris (3.05 hot day) already ticked off this spring and no real proper training since Early Feb. Paris was still in the legs .... London was about trying to "run well" and have a beer or 10 after. I planned to go off a little easier that the sub3 hopefuls that were near me, so I did my own thing.
When the red start met with the blue start after 3 miles there was good banter as usual. My first 5k was 21'ish ... and then I came across Phil with his 6.52 pace flag on and mobbed by runners. I had no intention of trying to stay with him, running with a pacer is risky, they dictate the mini surges ... but I didn't fancy trying to get past him so I kind of thought i'm gonna ignore him, try to run steady and don't really care about the finish time. I was chatting to other runners and he was definitely pushing the pace earlier he must have been about 40-50 metres in front of me and that was as far ahead as he got .... I kept it steady and decided that once I got to 20 I would have one more look at the watch and then I was running on feel until the end. No more mile splits info. Another sub3 pacer came along and I spoke with him, he explained that Phil was probably on a different strategy, this guy seemed to pacing even where Phil's pace towards the end seemed more relaxed. I knew Phil would be fine so as long as I could see him ... I was OK .... I dug in the few miles and was pleased to see big Ben with the time 12.55 on it .... despite feeling very tired and squeezing every last drop of energy