What a great day! The highlight was definitely seeing the supporters at Mile 18.
Having initially thought that sub-4:15 might be possible, I ignored the early signs of an overuse injury in January and by early March I had a tibial stress fracture. Pulling out just wasn't an option for me (don't try this at home, folks) but several weeks of minimal running and being too grumpy to cross-train meant that I started the race aiming only to avoid a new PW.
My shin was sore for the first few miles, then the endorphins took effect. I went through a difficult patch psychologically quite early on, but by the time I reached Tower Bridge I was fine again; looking out for faster Forumites coming back on the other side of the road kept me running until Mile 15. After that the lack of training really kicked in and my walking breaks became longer and longer, but it didn't seem to matter. My expression on the photograph reflects exactly how I was feeling!
Until near the end, I thought I might get under 5:30, but then a combination of cramps, a niggly knee and a torrential downpour slowed me down and I finished in 5:33:15, with which I was happy.
No pain at all apart from a bit of a twinge from my crocked shin. Looks like I could have tried a lot harder.
See you next year :o)
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