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Really sorry that today hasn't gone to plan today Freemers and Minni. Definitely the right course of action though. I carried on from halfway two years ago when the hard & brave decision was to stop. I regretted every minute, it was horrific, and did myself no good long-term either.
Well done Ant, 04S, kfc and AA, really impressive stuff. Looked tough out there on the tele.
Barry - tough couple of months for me personally. Not been injured, but not much running going on either. Can't begin to do it justice (& today isn't the day too either), but the two marathon effort next month was taken out of my hands - am in for an op on Thursday to rip all of the veins out of the back of my leg so have let things go off of the boil a bit.
Red - Sorry to hear things are n't going well, operation sounds horrible, are you going to be able to get back to running soon.
kfc - well done for giving it a go, training does help similar time to me last year due to similar build up.
Freemers - Hope it's a quick recovery for you, foot reaction due to the consistent pacy miles? Gutted for you.
O4S - Well done to you and BA.
Quick check in from me in between pub visits. Did 3:20 - 5 min PB so very happy with that. Great support on the course and had to dig deep from about 18 miles! Tooth seems fine so that was a relief - I didn;t have much sleep last night. Will report back late. Chin chin all
A mixed day for team Minni then - congratulations and commiserations guys. Gutted for you Minni and Freemers. Freemers, I must have seen you just before you dropped out - I was watching at the 13.5/22-mile point at Shadwell and you went past on the far side.
Ant - fantastic run today mate. I know several of my clubmates really struggled in the heat over the last 6 miles, so for you to pace it that well was brilliant. Felt very warm watching, so can't have been pleasant to run in at all and was glad I wasn't! Didn't see you go past - must have been going too fast!
Col - sub-3:15! Wow! What a great performance. You must be delighted with that.
AA - another sub-3:30! Very impressive and you would have been a few seconds quicker if you hadn't had to turn round to see who was cheering you on!
O4S and kfc - well done. Great runs from both of you too.
Had intended to pop into Chandos to say hello (not sure who was there?!), but had had enough of the crowds and queuing to get anywhere and needed to squeeze in a long run today too so decided to head home in the end.
Saw Mo go past too. Not sure what to think about the Brendan Foster comments. I think, giving him the benefit of the doubt, what he was trying to say is that Mo could have ruled the world at 5k and 10k for years, rather than risking not being able to compete at the very sharp end in the marathon, but being quite a dour bloke he probably sounded more negative about it than he should have! I personally thought it was a decent debut and about what I expected (I think talk about him winning it in a field of that quality and experience was always ridiculous).
Ant - Brilliant, congrats on the PB, that's a very strong run especially in the last few when it gets tough. Enjoy the celebration.
Col - even better than we thought, very well done. Your chip was definitely playing up as we did n't start seeing you on the tracker til the later stages. Ditto ref the celebration.
Hi Red, sorry to hear you've had a tough couple of months.
Well done KFC, O4S & BA
brilliant run Col
Congratulations on the PB Ant
Is Minni ok?
Strange comments from Foster!
Congrats Ant, Col, A.A, K.F.C, O4S + B.A on great runs, it was warm out there today! A fab day spectating + nice to catch up with some of you at the pub
p.s Red sorry to hear you've had a rough time recently, hope your recovery from the op goes smoothly so you can get back to running soon
Very well done today Ant,Col,KFC,O4S and BA. Outstanding...
Col- smashed 3.15
Ant- briilliant PB
KFC- another fine race based on little mileage pain and guts
O4S- the best Performance of the day? BA- great support act
free- don't beat yourself up ..injury happens and you had to test yourself. It will be easier as each day passes
Minni- hope all is well.
Red- best wishes for your op Recovery. We need you back
commiseration's freemers and Minnie, I've lurked on this forum for the last 16 weeks, never contributing because that would mean officially putting it out there that I was after sub 3:30.
today I ran 3:31.52 which I am happy with given the weather, but I want to thank all on this forum because your chat contains vital advice to those who are embarking on am uncertain event.
my ignorance, without this forum, would have cost me at least another 5 minutes (putting me out of boston marathon qualifying) so whilst I didn't achieve sub3.30, I want to say thank you to all the regulars who unknowingly have provided nuggets of help and advicE.
B target achieved - have just found my time at 3.57.17
10th in my age category
81.3% age graded.
thinking I might not give up just yet.......
Report tomorrow - need to burst a couple of blood blisters
O4S you dark horse!! that is simply fantastic, you truly are an inspiration
welcome Nicki, stay around and chat - this forum has a wealth of experience
o4S- hope you had that cold glass of white stuff...awesome
nicki- well done. Now stop lurking and join in the fun . Boston next year? You'll love it ...different to London but special in it's own way
Just popping in again to say...
Nice one O4S.
that took ages to read and catch up on!! I'm lying in bed with a bit if a thick head on my phone so will do a proper write up later.
Atmosphere was great. my stitch/stomach pain kicked in @17 miles and i could hardly breath. Wanted to stop and cry. 3:29:52 is official time. and yes, it felt bloody hot!
Nikki Welcome & well done
AA Considering you were in pain & the conditions that's still a good time - a great achievement. Well done Have a good rest.
The hills are calling today - lunchtime training Still only a 4 day working week this week.
Shit, Freemers I feel for ya. Hope you can get the foot fixed and hopefully you can do some walking if you rest the foot for a few days. It was the right decision though. Who knows how many more injuries you could have picked up by overcompensating. Still, it's not easy to pull out of the key race ((AA)) Ouch, I can feel your pain. That was a brave mind-over-matter marathon and can't have been pleasnt O4S: you absolute superstar!!!! I would have to run a 3:08 marathon to get an 81.3% age grading. No-one comes close to your times ... Wow!!!!! Really happy for you. Ant: that's a massive PB. Huge well dones. You paced it really sensibly too. Those final hot miles must have hurt.Welcome Nicki Stick around. We all like some more company on here. Well done on your run yesterday. I can hopefully tell you loads about Boston in a week's time . Right now I'm shitting bricks .... col: congrats on smashing sub 3:15 Minni: hope you are ok.
OWWWWWW!!!! new legs please!
Bad luck Jack, although still a decent time considering. Yeah, I found VLM quite stressful when I did it because of the amount of people and I started in pen 4 or 5, so 7 must have been a nightmare. At least you know you'll smash that time next time.
O4S - amazing age graded time! I'd probably have to run 2.30 or something to match that.
Welcome Nicki and congrats on your time.
Ow, sorry about the foot Freemers. Makes me wonder if I should get my foot problem sorted - been troubled by it on and off since last summer. Probably should. And well done for toughing it out AA - makes your time even more impressive.
Where's Minni? Hope you're ok.