Posted: 30/10/2016 at 22:21
Hiya everyone - firstly - apologies for not making the drinks. I was going to but fell asleep on the caravan sofa after a pie and chips supper. I think a pint would have downed me.
This was my first Snowdonia run and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may sound odd, but never has 5 hours passed so quickly (does that make sense?). I didn't make my Sub 5 time and had some small hamstring niggles from around mile 16. Thank you to whoever worked out the sub 5 hour pacing on here (TRex?) - I went out to quickly and struggled to slow down. It's a problem I have faced during training. I seem to train at 10min/mile and struggled to slow to 11:30/mile as advised. Inexperience I think - I will learn.
I hit 23 miles at 4:13 so was on time for the sub 5 but struggled coming down the hill at the end. I was in agony. My stomach muscles were sore and I fell into a puddle and as I went down I grabbed out and found barbed wire. Agony - but at least my hamstring didn't hurt. The path down was slippy so I lost a lot of time, crossing the line in 5:07 - I am slightly gutted but at the same time delighted, but gutted, but delighted, but gutted blah blah - do you know what I mean? I completed it. I should be happy.
Already planning on signing up for next year but on checking the date it's the beginning of school half term and not the end. No way will I be able to finish school at 3:20 and get to Llanberis ready for the run on the Saturday morning without suffering. Nevermind.
So there we are - third marathon done. This thread has been great to read - thank you everyone.
Two final questions - who was the lady who passed me the foil blanket at the end? She knew me from this forum or was it Asics 262?
I also spoke to one of last years Bootcampers - but not sure who it was. Are you here?