Swimathon 5k challenge
The night before the marathon I ate the usual pasta and in morning had cornflakes and peanut butter and jam sandwichs with a banana. On arrival at the start area I was very relaxed and exited to get going trying not to freak myself out about the possible DNF due to injury.
Towards the end my brother Stephen came out to support me on the last few miles of the run. Thankfully this year it didn’t rain, the weather was reasonable. It was slightly warmer than I would have hoped, but not roasting hot.
That is now my fifth marathon and although my time was alot slower at 4.03 (last yr 3.55) I appreciate that I was not really run training in month coming up to marathon and doing a fair amount of biking and had a foot injury. iI you asked me to do the marathon a month ago before the injury i would stand a good chance of trying to beat my PB I think. This yr my main race is still bolton, so I wont stress too much about the marathon time, theres always next yr.
Heres a cool video my dad got of me. Im at 2.30 into it. it was funny as dad said later that he should have shouted philip instead of 'son' as i didnt really here him and he got a couple of blokes turn round looking out their dad instead looking at him :-)
Im not sure if you can pick up from the video, but each yr as soon as u hit the last straight at the gates u get a real burst of energy and i always sprint across the finish, dont know where i get it from as that ormeau road is tough and i can barely run round it after 25 miles!
Iron Distance - Peak Weekend Training 11/12 May
Hopefully next report is a successful completion of my second full distance iron