Posted: 19/10/2014 at 20:37
Perfect run by me today. Felt as good as I could be. I know I didn't have enough quality sessions in me on this training cycle. It has been littered with easy and steady runs. Still, with the aches and pains and various strains in 2014, I just needed to know that I could show up on the day and deliver as strong a run as possible.
Pals of mine have been getting struck down with colds n all sorts. I kept a low profile about it all, and turned up on the day feeling confident and up for it. Went off at 6.50 as planned and more or less stuck to it. Just after the start some dude tripped on a speed hump and took a few others out with him. I steered clear and bantered with other runners for a fair while. Found one dude to run with who ran 3:00:03 in Bournemouth and he was desperate to pace it right and skim the 3. That was ok till about 6 miles but he was more like 6.40 so I let him go and settled in with another dude who was metronomic trying to run at 6.48. We had a group with us and slowly he and the group started easing away from me But not out of sight.
After a couple more miles I was with them again, but it hadn't sped up, just clawed my way up ever so gradually. I noticed I was leading this group now still getting 6.45s, 6.50s etc and at half distance I was easing away from them. With 1:29.25 on the watch, I just ran my own race and kept it going. I was reeling in other runners who had gone bombing out for the sub3 and they were heavy breathing. My calf played up but didn't affect my speed. At 15/16 miles there was a slight uphill drag into a reasonably sharp headwind. That mile was a 7:05. Then I managed a few more at sub3 pace before I new I was tiring a little. Managed to hold it at 7s and was still bombing past people who had overcooked it and were walking. This gave me confidence.
At 21 miles I was just shy of 2:25 and knew the strong finish was not there. Just held it together, kept knocking back the gels and putting one foot in front of the other. Didn't get passed all day, just passing people (inc the Bournemouth guy, who probably still had that race in his legs and fell apart towards the end), but I was gradually tiring as well.
The underpass, the Marshall cocked it up, I lost time and rhythm there as he didn't clarify which way to go. Apparently upset a few runners today. DOOF!
mile 25 was windy and slightly death marchy at 7.40, steadied it up. Hit 3 hours with 25.5ish on the watch, then a strong finish, including a good lap of the track. When I saw 3:02 on the finish line clock I bombed it for a strong finish and finished official 3:02:23 with over 3 mins shaved off last Autumn's marathon PB. Chuffed.
had good banter with the sub3 posse today. fantastic podium for Al-P. hung out with him for a while after. He talked about Speed Endurance. I need to get some more of that. After my break planning to take up some track work with the club, and will be on you peeps cases about improving that, and my all round game.
Kowtow (nicking T-Moth's line cause was in the company of some great people today who delivered great performances)