Road running race 2:56:44  26.2 mi (6:45 / mi)
ahr:174 (sick) shoes: Asics Hyperspeed (ii)
Valencia marathon. PB by 2 mins or so.
On the day, i was really pleased to get my b goal of a decent pb. For sure that was the best i could have got out of myself, and given how the last couple of shakeout jogs went i was worried i’d be able to do no more than jog round. I can’t help but wonder what i’d have managed had i felt like i did in the last full thursday group run or in my canova double day.
It was frustrating not to race at 100% but i guess that is the risk you take building up to just one race, and the reason why we have a/b/c goals. Also a bit of a shame not to relax and enjoy things a bit more - though it was great sharing the build up with sally (who ran a perfectly paced first marathon) and having so much family support on the course.
Memories from the course:
0-1km - such a slow start, 4:25 despite ducking and diving as much as i felt able to. Clearly have been spoilt by london’s gfa start and abingdon’s small field! Stuck behind a whole load of people who had started too far forward, but decided to go along with it for the most part as i was obviously not on top form.
5km in 20:45 - gradually worked up to nearly goal pace and was pleasantly surprised not to feel terrible
5-10km and 10-15km in 20:14 and 20:15 - gradually got up to the 3hr pacer at 11km when i saw team cochrane for the first time. This was a nice boost, and for stretches here running felt almost normal.
15-20km and 20-25km in 20:24 and 20:34 - passed halfway in 1:26:30. Started to get jelly legs far earlier than ideal, but hoped i might hang on to a reasonable second half pace to finish in 2:55. Still keeping the km splits under 4:10 so i was well up on my worst case scenario.
25-30km and 30-35km in 20:48 and 21:08 - knew this would be the hardest part as the course twisted and turned a little, the temperature was up out of the shade, and we were going slightly uphill and into a slight breeze. Had i felt great i might have tried to push through, but as it was i backed off a little.
35-40km in 21:19 - going through 35km i saw family again and got a boost. The hardest stretch was done and 7km isn’t so far - it was going to be alright! I was still capable of a 4:08 at this point but that was my last quick one, as i went quite quickly into thinking, 6km is really far! At this point i needed to be working flat out but i just couldn’t breathe well enough and i started to fade.
40-42.2km in 10:05 - saw family for the last time at 2km to go and the consensus was i looked like shite! But kept putting one foot in front of the other as best i could, and in context dropping out to 4:27 pace wasn’t a disaster. I did really enjoy the finish over the water and mustered a bit of a kick to the line.
Utterly spent afterwards and still not breathing right a week later. As with london 2013 my quads were really shredded with at least 5km to go, and if there is a next time i might try to work on that specifically. If it had been any other race i might not have run, especially after thursdays effort which made me wonder if i was being sensible, but i’m glad i did. It does leave me with a lingering sense of unfinished business though...
Looking forward to some recuperation and family time, then having a crack at some shorter distances.