Seven Marathons – Day TWO.
Another good weather day; overcast and a little chilly but no rain and light wind, so perfect for running. Sun again came out about half way around.
The same 7 lap 670ft of climb course after a 2.5 mile walk from the train station and same back to the station walk, for a 31 miles total day.
Marathon in 3:45:04 which required more work than day one, naturally, but still didn’t feel like racing pace. Surprisingly this was 35 seconds faster than the first, when I completely expected it to be much slower!
Time at 10K was 30 seconds slower than first day, but at the half marathon point it was about the same time. I lost only 1 minute on the second half whilst even managing to speed up to just over 8 minutes for the last mile comfortably, proving that my hydration/refuelling [both during and after the 26.2 miles] must be working okay? It was useful to have a ‘chasing’ group of 4 runners about 100 metres behind the whole way to keep me honest. LOL
The big issue for day three will be my trashed quads; really feeling quite tired post race, so tomorrow is certain to be slower; but by how much?. Now for some rest. Till early AM travel to Milton Keynes again.
TDC 360 days 3588 miles
RTR70 1134/3360