Coming to the line...
Maiden marathon thoughts.
Will I do it again? Yes. Obviously.
Did I do ok? Yes. Especially considering how under trained I am. 17.5miles/week for 15 weeks isn't be enough to fulfil your potential. PLaced 159/447
Did I get the nutrition right? Nearly, half a litre of water, one banana and one Nakd bar left me just short in the final mile.(temp 6-8°C)
Was it a good marathon? I'd say yes it was OK for a shoestring race. I'd recommend it as a cheap racing experience.
I spent most of the run chatting with people for a while and then moving on, the first 45 minutes were steady with my wife. I knew I was going to need a long warm up. It was cold, long legs and two tops and a hat. I was still chilled occasionally and never overheated.
Met a few lovely people including a vegan runner, really helped pass the time and keep me to a sensible pace.
As to recovery, Sunday afternoon/evening were sore, several pints of cider and lots of food helped
Yesterday I did 20-30 easy lengths in the pool which felt great. Feels like I'm swimming really strong at the moment.
Today I did 40, lots of push and glides(getting past the 10m mark) and breast stroke as my right shoulder has a bit of a niggle. Technique seems to have evolved again
Swam 1:26 for a 100 with fairly low effort
Hoping I can keep that as a new standard pace...
It's not what you do occasionally that makes a difference, it's that which you do everyday that brings progress.