So it was a bright cold morning, -2 degrees when I set of from Family in Liverpool just before 7am. Arriving in Blackpool just before 8 grabbed race number, and sat down for a Coffee. Had a good chat with some multi marathoners from Litchfield (one of whom is on fetch and doing the Enigma Front so must work out who that is) and 2 gents from Yorkshire who were all in good spirits. Could have chatted away till the start, but had some shit to do. That done, I headed back to the car which due to early arrival was parked within view of the start. Stayed warm, but some chilled tunes on and stumbled upon an amazing earworm for the day from One Giant Leap with my old favourite Maxi Jazz (faithless) and the marmite that is Robbie Williams…..
I’m coming home to my family
Where I can be strong
Be who I planned to be
Within me, my ancestry
and this is who I happen to be
and if I don’t see that I’m strong then I won’t be
And there we had it, today’s mantra.” If I don’t see that I’m strong then I wont be” as well as a whole bunch of interesting people who would come to mind as I ran along. Downed the last of the Torq energy, popped a gel (may as well start early right?) 5 min jog, some brief flexing, sit, 5 min jog with a couple of strides and into start area.
So with 1,000 runners doing the half, and about 300 marathoners we gathered in a muddle, under one of the stands of Bloomfield Road. Today’s starter was the legend that is Ron Hill. I had 4 gels in a pair of “his” shorts.
So a sub three would be nice but not at the expense of a 3:10 and a strong even paced run. Plan was simple, 6:52’s and give it some it from mile 20 if I could. Plan B was to rely of feel to stay aerobic and not stress if I lost a few seconds. Just cruise to halfway in 1:30 ish and make sure I had something in the tank (not the bank) come mile 20.
1) – 1m – 6:53(6:53/m) – 163bpm avge – 170bpm max – 114cal
2) – 1m – 6:52(6:52/m) – 169bpm avge – 174bpm max – 113cal
3) – 1m – 6:51(6:52/m) – 169bpm avge – 174bpm max – 112cal
4) – 1m – 6:52(6:52/m) – 166bpm avge – 171bpm max – 113cal
5) – 1m – 6:57(6:57/m) – 167bpm avge – 172bpm max – 113cal
6) – 1m – 6:54(6:54/m) – 167bpm avge – 172bpm max – 112cal
7 seconds over 6:52 schedule
Please with that. Especially making sure I didn’t go off to fast. Initilly HR was a bit high and felt “light” heart – diagnosis – too much caffine. There were no nerves, this was goignto be fun, a release after 6 months training and a semi stressful time of late.
Blackpool prom at 10am on a Sunday is weird. Cackles from a ghost house, rock stalls, B&B’s the big one, people with cans of beer…oooh we’ve turned round and are heading North and that supposed headwind I had been running into is supposed to be behind me now so why is it a cross wind? Legs 10/10 HR settled nicely. Only concern was so few other feckers to run with and those there were hardly wanted to chat. Right the Maxi Jazz It’s me and thee today.
7) – 1m – 6:52(6:52/m) – 164bpm avge – 173bpm max – 109cal
8) – 1m – 6:54(6:54/m) – 168bpm avge – 174bpm max – 112cal
9) – 1m – 6:56(6:56/m) – 167bpm avge – 172bpm max – 113cal
10) – 1m – 6:51(6:51/m) – 168bpm avge – 173bpm max – 112cal
11) – 1m – 6:49(6:49/m) – 168bpm avge – 176bpm max – 113cal
12) – 1m – 6:54(6:54/m) – 167bpm avge – 173bpm max – 112cal
13) – 1m – 6:52(6:52/m) – 168bpm avge – 174bpm max – 113cal
4 seconds over
HM runners were coming back to me, quick pee in mile 7 and caught up with pace easily. Kept having to move one past people who were not holding their pace. This was going to be a long day mentally.
Still had lots of head room, so used it a couple of times to bridge gaps quicker and nestle in a group to share the wind. When the HM guys peeled off to the stadium there was a 50 yard gap to the guy in Blue. And no one close behind.
14) – 1m – 6:49(6:49/m) – 169bpm avge – 173bpm max – 113cal
15) – 1m – 6:53(6:54/m) – 167bpm avge – 171bpm max – 112cal
16) – 1m – 6:56(6:56/m) – 166bpm avge – 171bpm max – 112cal
17) – 1m – 6:55(6:55/m) – 167bpm avge – 171bpm max – 112cal
5 seconds Over
Caught the Guy in blue, and shared the pacing and wind with him a bit, but then had to push on after a mile or so. If I don’t think that I’m strong….then I wont be. I was at about mile 16 that my invisible friend arrived. For some reason, if I looked to my right Anton Krupica was there, just out for a jog. He didn’t acknowledge me, just kept doing a steady pace. Nice I no had someone to run to the finish with (but only when I looked to the right).
Then the doldrums hit, a pair came past and I could have put my foot down, but stick to the plan, take a gel and hold steady to 20….let them go…the doldrums…..be prepared to shelve the 3 hour plan, but stay positive.
18) – 1m – 6:59(6:59/m) – 168bpm avge – 173bpm max – 113cal
19) – 1m – 7:02(7:02/m) – 167bpm avge – 171bpm max – 112cal
20) – 1m – 6:57(6:57/m) – 168bpm avge – 172bpm max – 113cal
22 seconds Over
OK so 3hrs may not happen now, but we will see these three miles were a bad patch (but nothing like bad patches I have had before). 6 gels and plenty water. My stomach is happy and it’s time for the sublime 6.2 mile race with someone else’s legs, and one fifth of my brain. Anton Slapped me. Maxi was just chilling on a positive vibe a Robbie Williams was just trying to keep the door closed on Kula Shaker playing 3:03 in the next studio. My dad and my Granddad were in my thoughts more than most. Right then legs can you do it? I throwing a 6:50 mile at you.
21) – 1m – 6:50(6:50/m) – 172bpm avge – 176bpm max – 112cal
Right, well yeah you can do that head but us legs are going to have a word with heart and tell him to speed up a bit, oh and for being so cheeky have a load of this thing we call pain.
Fine Legs, the next 2 miles are a tad up hill, we’ve turned south again, and you can throw as much pain as you like cos to be honest brain is doing other things right now with 90’s pop stars and really isn’t paying attention.
22) – 1m – 6:57(6:57/m) – 173bpm avge – 176bpm max – 113cal
23) – 1m – 7:11(7:11/m) – 171bpm avge – 175bpm max – 113cal
That’s fine, we know your type head. We’ll keep that pain for now, but try running fast while we fuck up all those stabalising smaller muscles and make you feel like it’s all in slow mo and your running like your a bit pissed.
24) – 1m – 7:06(7:06/m) – 169bpm avge – 172bpm max – 114cal
Just then, Anton said he was off to the lakes to nip up Helvelyn the guys drinking cans mid race route and getting int he way were the final straw for him. Robbie went off to tattoo something on his forehead about Loving Lactic Instead and Kula Shaker started floating about on magic carpets “you can find your way home on the 3:03. LET SOMEBODY KNOW on the 3:03” shit I just said that out loud at a bloke.
25) – 1m – 7:02(7:02/m) – 171bpm avge – 175bpm max – 113cal
“Oh no this is going to be a real disappointment” said dude in headphones. As he tried to get me to console him about our inevitable 3:02 – 3:03
No chance I’m going to smash Crispin Mill’s Guitar up his mystic ass. Maxi: flick the nitros.
26) – 1m – 6:50(6:50/m) – 177bpm avge – 180bpm max – 114cal
The first half of the last full mile was done at 6:30 pace just because of the really disappointed dude.
The second half was done quick enough to pass the Portsmouth dude who’s Sub 3 dream had tangled his legs, but slow enough to claw back some leg lactic space and look good at the end.
To 26 miles Schedule 02:58:32 Actual 2:59:56
27) – 0.28m – 1:55(6:49/m) – 175bpm avge – 179bpm max – 30cal
A few twists, and into the stadium, ooh there’s the line GO! Some cheering. Someone wants my timing chip. Water, sit down. Stand up. Can’t get into stand where Mrs t’ear Knee is supposed to be, get out through other stand where it all started try to jog to car. That isn’t happening. Stretch. Sit.
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29th 1623 John Tierney M Stroud & District AC 69.76 03:01:43 03:01:49
and finally put race number 1623 into this site for some comedy snaps
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So before I assemble an orchestra of self blowing trumpets and sound them off against the scientific analysis of my limbs lungs mind control and ego; here endeth the blog.
I ran 26.2 miles, it was alright, next time it’ll be faster.