Posted: 13/10/2014 at 11:39
Good running 57.5 and Sam.
I decided in the car on the way home last night not to enter the Fling next year (if there are even any places left?!!). I need to give myself some proper recovery time and do something else - thinking of dropping long running for a bit and going back to cycling.
Saying that I am entered for Strathearn and Fort William marathons too , and hopefully will enter FFB's at Loch Katrine .
Well York was a great marathon, the crowd support was unbelievable and really quiet overwhelming at times, emotional highs and lows throughout with all the cheering and people shouting your name, and music etc. Probably the closest I will get to a London type experience, as I am never entering that! The Yorkshire people did us proud, they were all so friendly .
Strangely I ran an almost identical race to yours at LN FFB except my problem was stomach related. The course was actually quite similar to LN but without those steeper downhill sections. It had lots of really long drags, that didn't look uphill, but you could feel it, particularly 14-17 where I had a blow-up stomach wise and had to slow down.
I did a 2.08 first half, through the freezing fog, then the cold started to get to me and my stomach was churning up. I passed loads of people on the 14-17 hill, some people stopped and chucking up and cramped, but I was majorly slowing too and needed the toilet, There was a hideous out and back between 17 and 20 where you could see the people ahead of you , but masses of cheering crowds kept me going (and Dolly Parton on the speaker doing '9to5'!!). I got a hideous stab in the top of the stomach at 20m and luckily there were porta-loos, so I took a quick break, then fought to get going again.
Finally after about 4hrs running the freezing fog lifted and we were presented with sunshine and more cheering crowds for the last 5mile into York. At this point I was taking half gels, sipping water slowly, and doing a kind of plod/shuffle/walk just to keep going forward, every time I tried anything faster my stomach keeled over again. So I dragged myself through the last section, counting down the miles, until finally the last steep hill to the finish at the University, which some people were trying to run up but my ultra-style walking pace was actually faster, so I just walked up it. Then the last few hundred metres were downhill Woo Hoooooo, so I put on a massive sprint and at least managed to finish in style . My friends were waiting at the runners meeting point so I hobbled back to the them, and then had a roast dinner at their house 10mins walk away .
Finished in 4.53hr, so a massive blow out in the second half basically . Great marathon though, shame we couldn't see anything because of the dense fog!!