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Bloody hell Jools, I know you didn't look too great but that's an great achievement to finish under those circumstances, Made me smile re the beetroot juice sample. Hope you make a swift recovery and smash the next marathon. Form is temporary, class is permenant
NE - sounds like a good long run broken up to aid recovery!
Final few meters photo and the podium photo...Prize was a water bottle.
Is it the London crew up next in 2 weeks?
Lake District looked nice Joe. Shame you didn’t come to Worcester, but Bakewell probably a better choice for post-race snacks.
It never rains it pours TR! The number collection at Brighton is clearly a way to boost hotel occupancy for the weekend. I never minded as I had friends there and made a weekend of it. But appreciate why people find it frustrating. Superb result from you in the circumstances, congrats.
Bad luck Jooligan, sounds very tough so well done making it to the end. Perhaps your body was in shock due to the lack of alcohol and dancing? At least you probably provided some good data for the medical study Take it easy.
Nice work given the injuries during build-up FBT. You look remarkably fresh in that post-race photo!
Congrats on the win Hamo. Another very impressive performance on less than fresh legs. Look forward to seeing how you go at London.
I had a solid weekend, starting with 9.5 miles on Saturday including parkrun. I was fairly pleased to finish in 19:05, given it’s the first bit of fast running I’ve done for four weeks. And while SQ disappeared ahead of me pretty rapidly, he didn't lap me! That now makes six parkruns in a row between 19:14 and 18:58, so I'm nothing if not consistent. Legs felt strong throughout, but HR hit 200 so I was definitely working hard.
Importantly the glute/ITB felt fine, so I attempted a bit of a longer run yesterday. I was prepared to cut it short, but managed the planned 17 miles without any major discomfort. Overall a confidence boosting weekend. If it hadn’t gone well I’d have been seriously reconsidering running London, but with two more weeks to improve I’m feeling more positive that I can at least get around.
The ITB was a little achey this morning when I woke up, but my five mile recovery did the trick and eased it off. Feels fine now, so fingers crossed all good.
After downing the half litre of pre race beetroot juice, I
was off to the start. Met Mr Jools at the fast start area and was good to meet
up with the legend himself. Making the way to the Pen we were ready for the
off. I started at the back of the Pen and didn’t really know what pace or time
to aim for. Training was less than ideal, So set off at 3:10 time pace, so about 7:15mm on the off
chance that it might happen, but knew this was unrealistic. First few miles slid
by at 7:15 pace and a couple of nasty hills came up which I slowed a bit for,
then then long slog slight uphill against the wind, pace dropped to 7:30. The
effort felt a bit harder now, without being uncomfortable. Gave Jools a shout
as he went past on the out and back section. It was nice to get to the
turnaround point and get the downhill section without the wind. Pace picked up
slightly back to the 7:15-7:20 pace. Halfway went through at 1:35:50. The 15-19
miles hove section past without much happening and then turned for the power
station. A couple of slower miles (7:45) as the fatigue set in. To my surprise
just after 20 miles I saw Jools ahead and could not believe it. He did seem
uncomfortable to say the least, and was tempted to run with him for a while,
but was getting a bit focused on not slowing or stopping. Then round the power
station and back into the wind, and the wind had really picked up and pace got slaughtered
to 8:15 -8:30. It felt like I was running with an bungee cord on my back…with 2
miles to go the 3:15 pacer went past, but could not stick at that pace with the
headwind Feeling ok I was passing a few people on the last few miles and the
last mile picked the pace up, to see 3:15 on the gantry clock – but sure this
was wrong, and my watch had 3:18. I surprisingly felt pretty good and much
better then previous marathons, which was a nice feeling. Overall pretty
pleased, not a great time but a nice steady run all round and enjoyed the day.
Grabbed a few goodies (drinks, snacks, free beer etc), and made my way home as
the misses wanted some food shopping done, before 4pm !
HPR - LOL - I don't think the fast runners have anything to fear from me.. Happy to lollop my way round, and leave the speedy stuff to you young guns! What is S&C and in your dream did you win the marathon even starting at the back?
Chicksta / Steve, still have the PF first thing in the mornings and it was getting worse as the marathon went on in the arch, but all things considered its very manageable at present.
Chicksta - nearly all my marathons are unfinished business - its why I keep running them!
Joe, if you are giving up with a 5k slower than 17:30, what chance do the rest of us have? Katie 19:30, that's quick, was she first female with that time?