My first London went to plan very well. I was at the start way too early, but at least the train ride from Charing Cross was quiet! Saw the rest of the New Forest crew for a quick pre-race photo and then wished them all good luck as they were all in the Champs start.
|Some of the NF Runners at the start of VLM 2012 ( L-R Al Pickburn, Erica Fogg, Steve Morton, Becky Hollowbread, Henry Szwinto, Valeria Sesto)|
I finished almost perfectly halfway between my two pacing limits in 2 hours 43 minutes and 33 seconds. A PB by over 12 minutes on my 2011 Abingdon time. Overall aerobically I was fine, the gel plan (8 in all) worked really well and I tried to make sure I was drinking enough and regularly. In the end it was muscle fatigue that put the brakes on, thankfully it wasn't so bad that I couldn't hold the pace required. Here's a link to my Garmin race data if you're interested. Now got a good idea of what my marathon HR is (around 165) and it only started to drift upwards in the last 2miles.