MBNA Chester Marathon
- Chester Racecourse
Long term injury and lack of training took its toll, but biggest issue, I think, is I'm just not that bothered right now. And that kinda bothers me...
Short summary of race was went out with 3 hour pacer but didn't/couldn't maintain that beyond half way. Painful day. Some observations... ~ Taking a year off marathon running has made no difference to the hip pain. It's still there and I need to do lots of work to try to fix it. Had several miles of significant pain in this race, at times feeling like my hip was dislocating (which I know it wasn't). ~ When making certain life decisions I accepted that I would have less of a 'training budget' and that, plus the above, results in this race. While cardiovascular system felt like it was ticking over nicely, the legs just didn't have the miles or strength in them and so collapsed at half way, form went, which just made above described hip issues worse. ~ They say that marathon running is 80% mental and the rest is in your head, and that's so true. I love being able to run and be active but some enforced self reflection does bring it sharply home that after achieving way more than I ever could have dreamed of in running, in terms of times, prizes etc etc, and having loads more in life challenging for time and attention, I don't currently have the mental strength to push on and hurt myself to achieve a time. I'm just not that bothered right now but ironically, that in itself bothers me a bit. There is no requirement to make decisions now but I am going to have to have a think about what, if anything, I want to do re marathon running in the future.
First Marathon and what a corker!
Still one of the best UK marathons! And another PB! Boston next year !!
The plan was sub 250 but conditions were tough in the 2nd half, managed to trust the process and grind it out and get a 7 second PB, they all count right!?
Fell way short of target but snuck in a third sub 4 on a beautiful course.
After the perfect training cycle working towards 3:45 and feeling better than ever, it just didn’t come together for me on the day. Struggled much earlier on than expected and had to have a word with myself to chug on and get it done! Listened to marathon talk all the way round and particularly loved the Gerda Steyn interview - what a woman! Had a little cry listening to Holly speak about her Dad too, lots of love to you from Cornwall.
39th place and 11th in age cat
Over the moon with a 2 minute PB and 1st time under 2:50. Ran 1st half relaxed, 13-20 miles concentrated on form and holding pace, the last 6 miles gave it all I had in the wind and rain. An emotional finish to a long and rewarding journey.
Good run, well organised. Bit wet and windy on the day, and I thought the course had finished when there was still 400m to go!
My First Chester Marathon, What a brilliantly organised and friendly event, they even had to relocate the start, finish and main parking a few days before the event, due to a waterlogged Racecourse, excellent communication.
Very lucky with the weather, love that 40% of the field were running their 1st marathon, Steve Edwards was also there running (his 885th). the last slope into Chester was filled with 'running angels' who encouraged you on the climb. Very happy with my even paced race and being 2nd in my age group (FV55) apparently the famous Gingerbread man was running too :)
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