...for an unfamiliar song.
Thanks NZC and Alehouse - yes I'm utterly and completely over the moon
And yes there was a bit of celebrating done!
Sorry I've been MIA for a while. I'm no fun to be around when tapering. But yesterday was race day so its all over. Here is the race report (also on the 2010 marathon thread)Ok here goes. Masterton Marathon 2010.
Early start - up at 4.45am to eat them down to the start line. Very low key - 9 competitors off at the early (6am) start. Another 50ish of us at the 7am start.
I went off to plan, 4.37 per km, aiming at 3.15. One woman went off very fast, another three were ahead for the first km then I caught them back up and we ran as a group for maybe 7-8km. One by one they dropped off until there was just me and one guy running together. There were hills at 10km and 15km, which I negotiated pretty comfortably and at about 15km I noticed the fast woman in the distance. Sure enough she was steadily slowing, maybe 70-80 seconds ahead. I stayed on plan, feeling good and went through half way in 1.37.44, now only 30 seconds behind the lead lady.
Over the next 5km I reeled her in, getting to within 10 seconds of her. Then someone told her I was behind and she speeded up again. I carried on running pretty well to 32km or so, including the first of the two hills again, then started to tighten up. Nothing major, just tiring and finding it harder going. From 32km onwards I was pushing as hard as I could but just not quite able to stay on pace. The second hill was a killer. Anyway - I gritted my teeth, put faith in my training, and pushed on. I never quite caught the other lady again - she finished about 65 seconds in front of me. Final time 3.18.31. 2nd lady, 28 minute PB, Wellington Marathon Champion (turns out the lady who beat me was from out of town!)
5k splits for those interested in such things:
23.10 / 23.13 / 23.12 / 23.01 / 23.02 / 23.06 / 23.59 / 24.49. Then 10.54 for the last 2.2km. Slowing but not disastrous.
Today I'm mildly sore and very happy.