It’s 17 days since the marathon and finally I feel like writing something. So why haven’t I done the race report? The answer is I just didn’t want to, not because I’m really down on myself about it but probably simply because I wanted to be writing about how great it was to cruise down the Mall with the clock still showing 2.43 but that didn’t happen. So it didn’t seem like there was any point writing a boring race report with no glory ending. I ran 2.47.04, it was a personal best by 12 seconds but it wasn’t the sub 2.45 I’d hoped for.
So what news on the 30 mins a day? The news is that I’m still rolling with that and today will be the 132nd consecutive day of running at least 30 mins a day. Post marathon it’s been hard……very hard. It’s easier when there is a big goal and you know you need to knock in the big mileage for an event like the marathon. Now the goal is simply to run 30 mins a day it becomes more of an obstacle and a hinderance to a good day. But that period has passed now and I’m setting a few running goals that will hopefully provide some much needed motivation. The good news is all this running and a complete break from golf has result in my handicap dropping to 14.0 after an excellent performance in this weekends Fulwell Golf Club Spring Meeting (our of our majors). So maybe 30 mins a day is the secret of good golf.
One of the hardest runs I did was the day after the marathon. Now that was tough mainly from a physical perspective. Naturally I was beat and my legs we’re very stiff. They would have been a lot less stiff if it hadn’t had been for the lovely Aurélie Heasman from www.thetritouch.co.uk who gave me a rub after the marathon.
So what went wrong in the marathon itself?
Here are the splits:
So fairly realistic to half way but I simply didn’t have the stamina at mile 22 onwards. Could be because I started running in January having had the whole of 2009 off exercise. I’ll be keeping the running going now until November and then we’ll crank into another big and probably final campaign. April 2011 Virgin London Marathon!