Sunday 10 April
Sunny, cold to start (4C) rising rapidly to 12C.
Breakfast at 04:10, two porridge pots and coffee. Met up with Jeff early, 06:00, to get the car spaces we wanted. It was below freezing so took our time preparing and got over to the race village about 08:10.
Ditched a thick top as I passed the start line and tried to keep the pace easy. Was carried along about 5:40 min/km pace and would have ideally been more like 6:00 min/km. Followed the 4 hour pacer from a distance , until a pit stop came along.
Jeff had a nose bleed at 1km, took a bit of tissue from a helpful runner to stem it. Good job we wore red running vests.
The crowds and stewards were brilliant. The blue skies and pleasant temperature made it more pleasant for them and the runners. I wasn’t really counting off the miles for the first part, so Altrincham (halfway) came up a bit earlier than expected. After this point the balls of my feet began to get a bit sore. Just from all the pounding I think.
Had gels at 8km, 15km, 25km, 35km and somewhere around 39km. Drank water throughout picking up a fresh bottle every third water stop or thereabouts. Started to slow drastically with 4-5 miles to go. Head started to turn fuzzy too, so adopted a walk – run – walk pattern. Noticed ribs ached a bit probably due to arm movements.
Ran the last km and over the finish line, with relief, happiness and a lot of emotion. Later I found only minor blisters, no injuries or strains. Right heel is stiffening slightly as expected. Will take a few days off running, then start to think about the next race, which is in 30 weeks…
Distance: 26.2 miles (Garmin measured 42.66km)
Time : 4:19:03
Avg HR: no data
Avg pace: 6:04 min/km
Brooks Ghost trainers