Nevertheless I felt surprisingly good. We eased into it but after a mile there were just three of us at the front, me, Stu (yesterday's winner) and Rik, who had arrived and subsequently started very late yesterday and finished his first marathon well after midnight. Rik took off at mile 10 but we caught him again at mile 13. Stu fell slightly behind at the start of the second loop and never quite managed to close the gap, so Rik and me ran in together to finish joint first in 3:26:43.
I am still working on my nutrition, I had to deal with rather painful stomach cramps for the last 7 or 8 miles. I think the main issue is not being used to running so late in the day and I keep eating big lunches and then my digestive system rebels towards the end of the marathons. I need to keep eating though or I'll never finish the 10. I still have to work out how to deal with this.
The achilles was actually better than yesterday but started hurting afterwards. If it stays like that I'll manage.
Sadly, two guys had to pull out today, so the 10in10 field is down to 21 runners.
Rik and Stu and me all keep saying that we don't want to race this, but what we actually mean is "if you other two both stopped running at that pace I would take it easier as well!"
Tomorrow is going to be tough, a 2 o'clock start at the hottest day of the year so far, and Sunday's temperatures are supposed to climb to 27C! Let's not even think about it yet.
|Ever so slightly forced smiles in the ice bath|
- Sixmilebridge 10in10 marathon #2
3:23:09, 7:52 pace, joint first place