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a few hills ... keep it interesting !
hopefully not too warm !
& windy for them last 4 miles
Finally found my pack with number in the cupboard after being "tidyed" away...
I am aiming around 4 hour mark and noticed in Coral 10... are others aiming for this in same one as just seemed quite high number
Jonny - I wouldn't worry about it, there's only about 2500 runners in total in the marathon. You won't get held up, there's plenty of room to get past people if necessary - worst case you get to be the guy who does all the overtaking!
Weather forecast is looking good if warm. Light wind from SSE, so a tailwind along the final exposed section along the prom, perfect. Just hope it doesn't get too hot.
I'm an idiot. I set off at PB pace, ignoring the weather completely, this despite the fact that I can't run in the heat and my worst marathons have all been on hot days. I passed halfway in 1:33 which I thought was ok, but the wheels started to come off shortly afterwards. Once I stopped and started walking once I kept on doing it, and ended up running half a mile at a time then walking. Last 4 miles was tough, when I was running it felt like the breeze was keeping up with me, so there was no air movement at all, I really struggled to keep cool. Finished in 3:23 so lost a lot of time in the second half. With hindsight, I made the rookie mistake of setting off too fast for the conditions and paying the price later (again). One of these days I'll maybe learn.
On the plus side, the free beer tasted amazing, especially when the prosecco-drinking girls from my running club gave me their tokens. Well done to everyone who finished, it was a great day to be watching a race, but a bit too hot to be running in it.
Didn't go to plan for me and I hobbled over in 4hrs 20... as I wanted to go under 4 hours ignored the weather, struggled in early miles to get comfortable and HR started high ! Fell behind 4 hour pacers but caught up by mile 3.
Felt ok at halfway though and was feeling like I was in control of all the hills and was about 2 miles up on 4 hours... but about mile 17 started to get on top of me and last part of the hills legs started to sieze up and not helped that on a section running back I could see the 4 hour group.
At mile 19 it became a walk and run operation with my glutes feeling like they where on fire !
Now wish I had stopped at the Kop for a piccy at the pitch side which thought was a great idea.
Randomly my foot near big toe started really hurting Monday pm to a stage yesterday I had persuaded my self it was broken and was thinking about going to A&E. Took some pain killers last night and today it is getting better by the hour !!! not sure what that was about but fingers crossed ok now and even thinking about couple miles recovery run tonight / tomorrow.