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Have been reading all of the reports. Inspirational stuff-you all should be very proud!
Glad you are feeling a bit better Hazel-sounds like a very unpleasant set of circumstances which would have scuppered anyone's plans of running a good race. You definitely made the best decision by stopping when you did. No need to make a quick decision on the next one so just see how you feel in a few days. Hope the hill race goes well.
HA-That was a fantastic time after the less than ideal build up you had. You were one who seemed to cope pretty well with the conditions but that's not a complete surprise bearing in mind where you come from! Are you planning on racing an Autumn marathon? Unfinished Abo business perhaps?
Jools-Very tough day so well done for seeing it out. Great battling determination shown when it would have been easier to throw in the towel. I'm amazed you were able to drive home!
Joe-Really enjoyed reading your blog as ever. You always seem to have a great time no matter what-love that! Very well controlled race-paced it superbly. Liked the flat cap but not sure about the trunks and press ups at the finish!
Everyone else seemed to have similar stories of just battling to get to the finish in varying degrees of pain. It was very bad luck to get those conditions on the day given what the winter had thrown at us.
General consensus is that this was another very good day for the thread and certainly one to tell the grandchildren about in years to come!
Hope the recoveries are going well.
Great report John-another fine battling display-Well done.
John - It's a funny one really. I thought I'd fully acclimatised to the cold weather but must be something about running in the heat all those years ago that's still with me. Tough day and great report.
Joe - Tell your mum (and dave) to lock it in for next year, it's a date! I'm feeling more motivated now than I did in the whole lead up, which is good. I could be changing jobs again so it'll be a matter of finding a new routine but if I can stay motivated I'm sure I'll find a way of fitting things in. If I don't give it a proper crack I reckon I'll regret it. Cheers for the support.
Tom - I'm not so keen on Abingdon. On the plus side I like the small, club run feel and it's pretty close to me but I didn't really like the course. We'll see. I've started negotiations with the boss into going to Valencia. From what Joe and others have said, it sounds like an awesome race. If that doesn't work out I might try to get up to Chester.
NE - Good luck with the cold. Hope it clears soon.
Like others I did my first post race run yesterday, about 3.5 miles. 8m/mile seemed my limit too.
Joe Blogs-BR said:
Reg - I know I'm an absolute fool, but sometimes I think it helps not to take yourself too seriously. At the end of the day, we're all miles behind the elites anyway. If you can't have fun with it, somethings going wrong I think. Hows the injuries coming along?
My day started in auspicious circumstances. Anticipating a few beers I jumped on my bike to get to the club coach pick up point. The rear derailleur hanger snapped about 10metres down the road. Made it to the club coach via car which got us there about 8ish. The FGFA area was empty and I had about 50 portaloos all to myself. Time flew by, assisted by bumping into Millsy. I recall the first few miles last year feeling downhill, not so this year, it all felt uphill. I tried sub 7mm pace for a few miles to see how it felt, unsustainable was the answer. Pace seemed to naturally settle around 7:15mm so I thought that was a sensible adjustment. I was aware of having my heels clipped more than usual and more sideways movement at drinks stations. The smell of molten rubber at the timing mats wasn’t pleasant either. My endearing memory of the first half was working hard and sweating a lot but I thought my pace adjustment would mitigate the effects of that. The first half always flys by, the merge, the Cutty Sark, club cheering point circa 9m then Tower Bridge. On TB I started to think about meeting my family and the food I might ask them to get me for the finish. Unbelievably TB passed me by completely whilst I pondered over a Tesco meal deal. I got a lift from passing the race leaders on East Smithfield and whilst I had decided times weren’t important today I had thought something around 3:10-3:15 would be nice, halfway done in 1:35ish. Mile 16 was the next target to meet the family. Alas I couldn’t see them and assumed they had found something more interesting todo (it’s happened before). There followed a couple of low miles and when someone took one of my legs away, I turned round shouting ffs - spirit of London eh ! I recovered the stumble and whether it was the adrenaline or not, I felt stronger and started to think only 6m to go. I was making reasonable progress (for me) around 8:30 mm but sometime in mile 22, maybe after the 3:15 pacer went past, the desire to walk just became all consuming. I limited it to 2mins and one per mile but I had to repeat it I think 3 times. As said by others, the tunnels were a relief and the crowds fantastic, particularly along this stretch. I wasn’t in any great pain, I just had nothing left in the tank. A bit of high 5ing seemed to pick me up a bit to plod the last bit home. I bumped into Jools in the last mile and felt gutted for him that the heat had taken away any chance of a shot at sub 3. I’m convinced it will come though. I couldn’t work out where baggage pick up was, a long way, but being clapped by the people on the lorries was a nice touch. By the time I had walked to The Admiralty for a quick drink and to meet family I didn’t feel too bad. Another quick drink with the club didn’t leave any time for the RL, as evidenced by a “you’re ****ing late” text on the way home. In summation, bit of a crap start to the day, bit of a crap end, but the bit in the middle was fantastic as usual.
1st half in 1:34:34 passed 627, 1133 passed me - that felt about right
2nd half 1:49:14 passed 518, 469 passed me - surprised by that.
Looking forward to the Thames Path in 9 days time, time to taper I guess.
Great reports from everyone, really enjoyed reading them. Was quite a day wasn’t it!
Jooligan you were clearly in sub-3 shape, it will come.
Hope the job interview goes well Reg.
Great to hear you’ve got your running mojo back HA.
Joe, like Reg I love how much you enjoy these events, and wish I had your confidence!
My race report is now up on my blog: https://run.spoon.run/london-marathon-2018/. Was a weird one for me after the high of Manchester. Despite working hard over the years to get my place in London it became a bit of an anticlimax. But I still enjoyed it on balance, and it was a good reconnaissance for a proper go at it next year