The Marathon beat me today
A combination of a phenomenal blow up and cramping put paid to my sub 3:15 goal
Went through half way in 93:XX which was a little quicker than I wanted but felt ok
Around 23km felt the 1st twinge in both Calfs.
Went through 30km still on pace in 2:14:28, still holding just under 4.5 min km's but it was beginning to become a struggle. I was having trouble staying with Sailaway (3:15 pacer) and would only catch him at each drink station. I could feel my pace becoming slower and I was starting to get dizzy spells, so was drenching the head at each drink station.
Was getting progressively slower through each km's and went through 37 km in 2:49:28, still on target for a sub 3:15, but now I was really struggling as both my Calfs were really cramping badly. Tried stretching and had to take a bit of a walk up a couple of hills.
When the other 3:15 pacer (Steve Hume I think), went by me soon after I knew that a bucket load of HTFU would not have been enough to get me home sub 3:15. I had hit the wall and from here it would be a matter of just trying to manage my cramping and my blow up and get home as best I could
In my mind I reset my target and the aim was to get in sub 3:30
The final 4 km's were just dreadful as my calfs were contorting and my running became this strange combination of running, shuffling and hobbling. I was not alone in this department and me and similiarly afflicted guys tried to spur each other on.
With about 1.5km's to go despite my own misery I was over the moon when Ratdog came by me, looking very strong and I knew he would get his goal of sub 3:25. Well done mate, I really was happy for you when you came by, congrats on a terrific run
My final 2.2km took me 17:57 and I came over the line in 3:25:09 by my watch, which should see a net sub 3:25.
I'd like to thank all the Coolrunners who gave me encouragement out there today, Horrie, Brick, Moh, Ratdog, Neil Anderson for the kind words down Hickson Road, Seris who tried to spur me on just when I knew the wheels were becoming very shaky. And thanks to all the other Coolrunners for the encouragement along the way.
Thanks Hamburglar for the support when I saw you out there on your bike at various points
Thanks Sailaway and Steve?, for pacing and sorry I couldn't stay on the bus
Thanks to the Coolrunner cheersquad, you guys rock.
Caught the train back to Milson's Point and had a chat to BOD. Thanks mate for the words of encouragement. I was a bit disappointed but you put it in perspective when you pointed out it's still a 20 minute Marathon PB for me.
Oh well now to plan the next goal
Edited by walshy2, 20 September 2009 - 08:02 PM.