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JK 40 miles of goodness although half of it into daft headwind? You did well to finish.
Boston was somewhat blustery at times yesterday too, but I loved every minute of it, thought it was going to be really cold but Gay Ellis kept me warm At one point I cruised past a 100 marathon club member and congratulated him on his achievement and got locked into this crazy conversation I wished I hadn't started. I am not being detrimental, it just a description, good luck to the over achieving superman that the was, but, he was an absolute running nerd, so nerdy he didn't realise he was a nerd. So he responded with; thanks actually I have run 238 marathons, this is my 239th, I'm not enjoying it, this wind is ridiculous, I would be much faster without it, its not like Barcelona, that was well warm, I really liked that one, and I did that trip for less than £60, can you believe the flight out was only £29 and the return was just £9, you can't buy enough diesel to drive that far never mind fly, how do they do that, these cheap airlines are going to go out of business at that rate. I can't wait for this slog to be over, can you believe this wind... it was the best incentive I have ever had to increase my pace whilst shouting out the odd "really", "incredible", "you don't say" etc as his voice got weaker and weaker blown away on the not so harsh wind, he was definitely over-wind-sensitive
I did realise early on my pace was somewhat fast compared to recent training runs and thought about easing off, but, I wasn't stressed at all by it and just let the cruise control handle it. Only at around 22 miles did I start to flag off the 10 minutes per mile or under I had been churning out till then, and I had to stop at about mile 23 to address some chafing other wise I think I would have been a little quicker, very pleased with 4:21 though way faster than Xiamen's 4:48 and a great confidence booster.
Think it will be Wednesday before any pictures emerge from the official photographer - I am scared at how much this costume shows off undulations of fat like no other!
Great seeing Debra who had a great run, loved how surprised she was to see me finishing that early - we are in a photograph together at the start that might emerge sometime!
Mordo - sorry you had a crash, hope you can sort out your back soon; when I had a problem like that lying in my back then bringing my knees up to my chest and leaning forward to grasp my arms in an interlocking move that resulted in me being rolled up like a ball, and then rocking backwards and forwards was very therapeutic.
SS and TCP I hope things are going OK
KB brilliant running
Becca I think I have got quite used to running on low fuel. I don't take anything for halves these days, and have been doing 18 milers on just water, although, I am still fearful of mile 18 on a full marathon and was taking penny chews every 3 miles to ward anything off. Didn't have a perfect stomach all day, and at mile 20 or so took some jelly babies and jaffa cakes on offer and indigestion got much worse; a very unladylike Gay Ellis burped her way through the next couple of miles Well done on keeping your training schedule going
Wishing Dannirr well at Boston today!