Posted: 24/12/2014 at 23:48
Yes T2D2, that's me ,.... Brain goes to mush, I'm trying to force those carb gels down me. You have to take them before you need them. trying to pop one every 3 miles, but after a while you feel like you need to throw up.
Paul, its still a great run. If you'd been 1 or 5 seconds out you might have used the F word a few times more! 10 seconds a mile is noticeable, especially late on. You could have ran 7 min miles for 25 and 26 and ended up using more energy and death marched the last 0.2 still missing the target by a few seconds. Sounds like it was very close. I ran a 3.05.37 in Nov 2013 and was aiming for 3:09:xx .... On the day I balls'd up my hydration and had toilet stops galore, but felt so strong in the second half I powered past the death marchers for the last 7k. Looking back I had a 30 second negative split and probably did as well as I could've. I didn't have the pressure of GFA as I'm over 40 so was elated with the Finish time. Of course you run a time like that you start sniffing at the 3 hour mark and the pressure is back on. (blimmin' race pressure)
Half target in March will be "leather it" mid80s or sub if I can, on a good day I'm there, my training these days is more easy mileage, long runs and track work as I try to put it together in the marathon. My last marathon I gave m'self an outside chance of a 3 hour ish run but I didn't have enough in the legs. My training this year went AWOL for a few months with minor injuries that wouldn't go away. Managed to put together a shorter plan and see it through with a few good warm up races and a 3:02 in Oct. Mile 26 was a 7:45 and it felt tough.