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Nice one Macca, held on well by the sounds of it. Enjoyed the portaloo description.
Well done FBT
Loved the report Spoon. I'd be interested to hear what the coach was recommending and if you took anything from him of just ignored him completely.
Hope the toe is ok John.
Jools - That predictor suggested 2:52 for me last year. Only 18 minutes out.
Really tough on Hawkins in the Comm Games and shocking lack of medical support. I always like to see an Aussie win but not like that. I like Hawkins and think he's a class above any of the Aussies at the moment.
Everyone kept telling me not to run this one as i had been so ill, and was getting grief about how dangerous it was blah blah blah....But the thing with marathons for me is that they are something I commit to and dont want to give up on, regardless of cicumstances.
Turning up at the fast start at Brighton I felt a bit like a fraud really as I knew, I was no where near sub 3:15 pace with such little training, but to be honest I really had no idea what pace i was, I didn't want to go over 4 hrs, but apart from that was not sure if to race to 16-18 miles and run walk or adopt a sensible pace. Met a fellow runner I knew and we agreed to run at 8min miles as he had a dodgy leg. Downed almost a litre of beet it juice (god why do we drink that shit)
Gun went off and I went off too fast for the first couple of miles with sub 7 min miles, my fellow runner went off into the distance, but i decided with no long runs in training I would pay for it later, if i kept that pace, so eased back to 7:45 min miles which felt quite slow and comfortable.
Half way went through at about 1:38, and knew i was good for 18-20 miles but no idea after that, my pace started to slow but kept it at sub 8 min mile to mile. 19-20. I had made it to mile 20 which for some reason was my goal, and started to run/walk and did a 11 min mile, at which point i realised that it was in my head and felt ok, so started running and was back up to just over 8 min miles and overtook my fellow runner at mile 22 who had shot off at the start. Continued running all the way to the finish, overtaking many other runners which is a rare thing for me at the end of a marathon, and felt surprisingly ok. Crossing the line with 3:29 on my watch i was a very happy bunny. Quick wade in the freezing sea at the end to cool the legs, in a hope to save the legs for next week, and the train home.
Not one of my faster marathons, but very enjoyable under the circumstances, especially as i was dreading it to start with. Brighton really is one of the best marathons, awesome support.
Bring on VLM!!!
Dont worry Hazel, Im sure it wont get tough!!! When you think about it though a marathon is just a long jog really for us slowies.
Joe only gets the speedos on to get on TV !!
Westy - you are not supposed to enjoy a marathon..... that's what the pub is for after!
Thanks for the Link Jools
Oh no VLM have changed their bloody GFA times - now i need sub 3:10..... eek. Its not going to happen this year! Im a few seconds off from last years best marathon time!
Hot weather - white tshirt or vest?
white Vest and cooling fan!
Mine will just have my name
Macca - yeah expos are a pain - not as bad as london though - thats a real shit! unless there for the weekend. (even then its long way from the centre)
Hopefully got a mate picking mine up with a note and id.