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I am surprised by the disappointment in such great times! I’ll never run a marathon in under 3 hours! Or 4 for that matter!
Wish I could. My body hasn’t recovered from having a baby and at 36 I’m passed my best speed wise.
it was my first marathon and I had trained hard to finish in 4:30. I was on track at half way point but by that time it was heading on for 1pm and we were out in the red hot sun. I felt very sick between miles 16-19 and was forced to run/walk and also stop twice to heave. But by mile 20 I got a second wind and ran slowly all the way back. Finished in 5:05 and know I’m capable of better but it all boils down to the day- and the day was boiling! I’m just pleased I finished and it was all put into perspective after the tragic loss of Matt.
I was in pen 6 and didn’t cross the start line until 10.33- which meant those in the later waves had more time running in the peak sun than those in the first pens. I didn’t struggle to pick up water at stations but apparently those in the last waves had to go miles without as stations were empty. Seems unfair to me.
Also don’t know how slower runners could have got into faster pens as marshals would only allow you into the pen number on your bib, only way they could of is if they had put stupid finish times on their entry form.
The rhinos all started in pen 7. Is there no general instruction that big fancy dress should start right at the back these days?
The crowds and atmosphere are unlike anything I've seen before, at times almost too much. So glad to have finally admitted to myself I wanted to run London. However I'll be back next week. Watching from the sidelines
Well done all! I've done two marathons and won't be doing anymore, prefer the shorter stuff. It looked brutal out there.
Interesting comments around the crowd and other marathons. I totally get when runners 'appreciate' the brilliant support at London, but can find it overbearing. My mate feels exactly the same and gives Berlin as an example. It's one of the majors and the support is 'good' but it's just not so 'full on' as London, making it a bit easier to concentrate on your running (not to mention the special bouncy Berlin roads..)
Mind you I've been at London supporting every year apart from 2004 when I ran it - so part of the issue myself