Posted: 07/05/2013 at 06:17
Very sore calf and heel this morning plus VERY painful toenail which is hanging on by a thread.
Here we go: Start of race to mile 13 went like a dream (with the exception of me being sick from heat/warm gatorade around mile 9). Took some more carbs and water on board straight away. At 13 the calf started really hurting and I had to slow my speed right down. Tried run/walk but it felt easier to run slower. Miles 19 and 23 I did have to do a bit of run/walk as I was in quite a bit of pain and the temperature was 22 degrees. After 23 I gave myself a good talking to and got running again - if a little slowly. Coming in to the finish was amazing.
- Distance 26.39 mi
- Duration 5h:11m:20 - official time
- Avg. Speed 12:50 min/mil
- Splits: 10.25, 10.35, 10.26, 10.14, 10.25, 10.31, 10.29, 10.18, 10.31, 10.41. 10.28, 10.49, 12.01, 11.48, 11.40, 12.37, 13.58, 13.23, 14.21, 13.54, 12.37, 13.40, 14.33, 12.56, 12.07, 11.00, 4:53
- Stretching 15 mins
The support was immense and people I knew were popping up all over the place. I don't think there was a mile when I didn't see a friend or family member plus the crowds were amazing.
I'm in quite a lot of pain today but I have a sports massage booked for later today so hopefully that will help.
Did I enjoy it? yes hugely and no at times
Will I do another - hmmm, think I'll stick to half marathons in future.
At mile 13 I very nearly threw in the towel but I'm glad I didn't - it's proved to me that I really can do something even if it's not going well if I just grit my teeth and get on with it.
Thanks to all the support online, especially Plum. It has been invaluable to have a sounding board and some objective feedback along the way.
Off to school now to show off my medal .