round and round [TDC798]

Pouring with rain first thing this morning, but luckily the weather turned slightly less troublesome. Still a very humid, and drizzly day with the sun getting rather shiny later on. Missed the mark again but happy to spend the day with great company.

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Given that I am certainly way overweight and haven’t really trained for a single fast marathon effort, I guess I can’t be too disappointed. I had hoped to go sub 3:20 to qualify for London next year but could only manage 3:24 ish.

That said, I was on for 3:13.30 at 1/4 marathon 3:14.15 at the half way stage and feeling like I was doing nothing. Pace slipped only slightly to 3:17 pace up until 4 miles to go then the cumulative fatigue from the deceptively challenging undulating course had my brain unwilling to accept the need to push on tired legs. A result of a lack of faster very long runs and not enough undulating training runs.

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Unfortunately on this kind of course you can’t rely on your GPS. Firstly every mile is different in terms of ups and downs, second satellite reception can be rather strange [6.33 pace then 7.50 pace?], thirdly my tracing has the route at half a mile long? It could of course mean that I ran half a mile long [not taking the most minimal route]. If so all rather annoying as otherwise from the time and the half a mile ‘extra’ I was under 3:20, but we’ll wait for the official results to see how close I was to that time? Perhaps 3:23 something. I can live with that I guess. Especially as fast marathons isn’t my aim at the moment. I’m still confident that with specific training for that aim and weighing less I could still go sub 3 hours.

A nice jog for 2KĀ supporting the viewtube last runner [injured] over his last lap, as a cool down. Now a fun run 1 mile tomorrow as DOMS stretch out.

Today marks 50 days to go till 50/50 starts!

TDC 798 days 8625 miles

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