Now the Marathon is over.
Today I went back to work after spending a couple of days in Canberra after the marathon. I have felt exhausted and flat today and am not surprised by that. I rest satisfied in knowledge that I did my best on the day. I gave it all I had. When I crossed the finish line I was near collapse. It took a lot of will power to stay upright. To continue on to do the 50K would have been madness on my part.
The run was, for the most part, very enjoyable. I enjoyed the company of Nicholas Petrie, until he turned on his supercharger, Horrie, until I had to slow for water, Rooster, who kept me going at a good pace, and Colin, who was displaying guts and determination after injury.
I had Tesso hot on my heals for quite some time. A big hug from Clairie at the 10K mark gave me a boost.
Having not been happy with my preparation, or lack there-of through injury, I had very mixed feelings about the race but never once considered not doing it or not going on to 50K. Race morning I awoke and just wanted to get into it. Staying in a motel right at the start line was a real bonus.
I was really happy with my first 10K, about 47 mins which was slower than I planned but still good. When Nicholas Petrie left me behind at about the 15K mark I knew it would be a mistake for me to try and keep up with him. He was running so well and looking strong.
When I saw Pat Carroll coming along on his return I surprised that his group had dwindled so much and that Rith was not with them. It wasn't long before I saw Rith and I was pleased to see that he was going so well. I reached the Half point in about 1:42 and was pleased to hit 25k in 1:58. However I knew that I would not be able to maintain the same pace for another 25 and come in for 4 hrs for the 50k.
Heading back out on the last leg of the Marathon I was tiring quickly and by 30K was finding it an effort but knew from my experience, limited though it is, that I would come good again which I did at about 35K. This was short lived because by 40K I was thinking about still having 2.2k to go just to finish the Marathon let alone going on to 50K. 2.2K seemed like a hell of a distance at that point. My legs were saying WALK and my head was saying RUN and run I did to 42.2K. I went into the 50K shute and thought a test of my ability to keep going would be to stop and see if I would be able to start again. I stopped and didn't start. My legs went to jelly. I was ready to fall in a heap. I went back and got my medal. A wise decision I think.
I finished in 3:25:59, an average pace of 4:48. I am very happy with that. My race number was 187 and I came 187th out of a field of 788 finishers. I was placed 17 out of 69 in the Mens 50 to 54 category. It was a great experience and I can't wait for the next marathon. Bring on the Gold Coast.