I’ve just stumbled upon an old email to a friend that acts as a race report for the Liverpool Marathon 2011 and my first attempt at the distance. So I’d thought I’d share it here on Cake Athletic…
Well, there you go 3.35.15 on my watch. Am pleased with that as I really, secretly wanted to beat 3.45.00. My finish time equates to an average pace of 8m12secs per mile for the 26.2 (see also: http://www.users.on.net/~klima/rkcalc_mi.htm).
First mile was slow due to bunching at the start. (Start was delayed by 45 mins too due to some road closure problem.) Clawed it back though and by 3 miles I was back on 8.00m schedule. Kept a really steady pace for maybe 3-4miles.
But somewhere I suspect I went a bit too pacy ‘cos at around 12/13miles I was over 5 mins inside a 3hr 38 schedule. I did feel like I was going fast through Birkenhead Tunnel – seemed to overtake a few runners on both downhill and uphill. Maybe I upped the pace from say 6m’ish …suspect I did to be honest.
Went through half marathon split (inside tunnel) in 1hr42 I think it was, which is inside 8mins/mile pace. I printed off a 3hr38 schedule and kept it my shorts pocket to monitor progress.
Felt alright through 15-20 miles. Didn’t feel good at all however between 21-24. Had to walk briefly on a couple of bits and felt little bit sick and weak. Not nice. Muscles didn’t seize up though so don’t think I hit “the wall” – maybe I did? Was okay once I got to 24’ish cos it was downhill past Cains Brewery for last bit. I knew I was going to do inside 3.40 cos at 24m I was at 3.15 ish, leaving me plenty of time to do final 2.2 miles.
Once I got to down to near Albert Dock the crowds keep you going. Finished next to Liver Building. Welled-up when I met the family. Nearly sick after stopping and tried to be again when I got home. Forced myself to eat at least something though for a late lunch. Was okay by 5pm.
Windy in parts so I don’t know how much time lost because of that. Made a few race mistakes:
- Didn’t study the route enough beforehand.
- Didn’t see a couple of mile markers out on course. Missed 6 and 7 and I think I missed 17 & 18 too for some reason.
- I took some of the energy gels/drinks from the stations to keep me going …didn’t drink all of them but I’ve never taken them in training and maybe that’s why I felt sick after? The gels taste foul by the way.
- Didn’t have all my jelly babies as a result of having the energy gels – again I’m used to having a jelly baby every 15mins, taking the first of them after 45mins.
- My shorts chaffed my thigh. Same shorts I’ve worn in training for up to 20m and they’ve never rubbed once. Should have greased up my thighs. Complacent there.
- On entry form maybe should have picked faster expected finish time to get nearer front at start – that way you shouldn’t get boxed in so much at start and maybe you’d gain an extra 20-30 secs or more at least.
Sore legs today of course. Toes are sore and bit swollen and decent-sized blood blister on one of them. Walking down stairs more difficult than walking up them 🙂
Race results at: http://www.tdl.ltd.uk I was number 2399. Annoyingly, reported split times seem to be elapsed time between the split points. Reported 10k time of 49.23 seems wrong to me – unless that’s the from time of race start, not my start time? Add the 10k & half split together get your real 1/2 split – so I’m told.
That’s me in the photo above of course! Just approaching the finish line at the Pier Head, running down Mann Island. I can’t remember if I was smiling or grimacing… probably the latter.