Monday, 18 May 2009

Windermere Marathon - the day after

Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow - I wish I lived in a bungalow !

If I thought it hurt yesterday, it hurts even worse today - especially going up and down stairs !

The picture on the left shows me going through Hawkshead, at about the 4 mile mark. At this point I felt comfortable, although I had probably started too fast - I was to suffer later !

I intended to run at 8 min per mile, which would have given be a finishing time of about 3 hrs 30 min. My first 2 or 3 miles were quicker than this, whereas I had intended to start more slowly. In fact, most of the first half was run faster than target pace, but then when I did slow, I slowed with a vengeance, and I was counting off the last 5 or 6 miles.

As it happened, the final time of 3:38 was quite reasonable, and I didn't feel too bad at the end (see right). If someone had suggested 3 months ago that I could run that time over that course, I would have laughed. Maybe I could do a half decent time over an easier course, and then maybe I'll come back next year to run this one properly.

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