Road Running race 2:14:56  42.2 km (3:12 / km) +110m 3:09 / km
London Marathon. PB by a small amount but great to scrape under 2.15. My plan was to run with the pace group (paced by Dan) to hit 67 at halfway then try and dig in over the final half and run a more even second half split than usual. As it turned out the group went off faster (first 5 miles not much over 25min) then halfway in 66’30” so I went with it rather than battling the wind on my own. With the westerly wind it felt like at least 30km of the race was in to a headwind although it was cool and dry.
Approaching halfway I felt terrible and had a few doubts whether I’d manage a sub 2.18 let alone a PB. Luckily things changed once the pacemakers dropped out at 25km and I ran a more tactical race trying to regroup with some of the guys and work together in the wind. Some parts I felt I could have ran quicker but didn’t want to risk pushing too far from the finish and blowing up in the wind so I stayed with the group. Josh came flying past in the final few kms after he’d dropped from the group earlier. Tried to speed up then but the good feelings had gone and it was a case of damage limitation. With 800m to go I had to run 2’40” to run sub 2.15 so I tried to speed up then made another big effort in the final 200m. Haven’t felt that wrecked at a finish line in a long time so it’s a good sign!
Fairly happy considering the winter training hasn’t gone that perfectly and the way I ran the race wasn’t optimal. I did feel more in control of my legs in the final part so the long training runs worked despite not being as quick as I wanted. Definitely think a faster time is possible with a few lessons picked up from the training and running a more even race.