1 - 08:05 - 147HR (tight enough start and difficult to pass)
2 - 07:25 - 158HR (getting there)
3 - 07:16 - 159HR (still getting there - wanted sub 07:10)
4 - 07:20 - 161HR (still not there)
5 - 07:11 - 165HR (that's more like it)
6 - 07:09 - 166HR (feels like this is the best i'll do, but can I keep it)
7 - 07:24 - 164HR (not likely)
8 - 07:06 - 167HR (back on track - feeling better)
9 - 07:17 - 168HR (feeling the effort - this should feel easier)
10- 07:32 - 169HR (the rest of the run to mile 18 was based on keeping my HR at 170 or below)
11 - 07:20 - 169HR
12 - 07:23 - 169HR
13 - 07:32 - 168HR (half way at 01:37:37)
14 - 07:27 - 169HR
15 - 07:40 - 170HR (ouch - feeling tired)
16 - 07:31 - 171HR
17 - 07:56 - 172HR (nothing I can do - can't even keep HR down)
18 - 08:10 - 170HR (pulled up towards end of mile as sudden pain in calf)
19 - 16:03 - 127HR (HR under control - pace disastrous, can't have everything!)
20 - 14:44 - 120HR
21 - 11:25 - 138HR (resumed with a slow shuffle)
22 - 11:13 - 147HR (continue with slow shuffle)
23 - 08:53 - 160HR (tag onto faster runner and calf holds out - body resists at the start)
24 -08:14 - 169Hr (tag onto 03:45 pacer - effort, while no longer comfortable, is manageable)
25 - 08:31 - 169 HR (momentary lapse)
26 - 08:13 - 175HR ( I think i'm cruising - it' all relative)
26.42 - 07:33 pace 180HR (I'm smoking down the home straight - it's only afterwards, upon
reflection that I realise my finishing pace is less than my average PB pace.
I was never heading for a PB, the way I was slowing down before mile 18 - so the injury was the perfect excuse I needed to take it easy. Enough said.
Adrian, my running partner, was well on his way to his first sub-4 hour (01:54 half) when he got clipped by another runner and suffered a similar injury to mine, but he gritted it out to come in uder the 04:30 mark.
We left the marathon behind us on Sunday night as we met up for a few beers with the rest of the Cork contigent who were running the half. Austin & Siobhan and Tadhg & Rhona. Austin missed his 01:20 target by just 44 seconds and Rhona was 9th woman overall in a time of 01:25:33. The few beers turned into a few more and a taxi back to the hotel for 3 a.m. on Monday.
The rest of monday was a cultural day spent in the Van Gogh and Rijks Museums looking at the likes of these:-
They're far better than any marathon photos.
The evening was spent looking at the other sights Amsterdam has to offer.
There are five words that epotomise Amsterdam:-
Bicycles :- Everywhere - everybody cycles as there are no hills. Even the ladies in the fur coats
and high heels.
Trams:- Great for getting around (€10 unlimited 3-day travel on trams, metro & buses)
Canals:- 1250 bridges.
Coffee Houses:- A big tourist attraction.
The red-light district:- The other attraction. I had to avert my eyes, sensitive Irish soul that I am.
We flew home on Tuesday morning, but there was no rest for me as I had to head up the country for two further (work related) days away from home, getting back this evening. Needless to say I have not run, although my legs are fine and I cannot feel my injury. I think i'll use to next few weeks to get back into the swimming and cycling and lay off the running.
Best of luck to all those running the Dublin Marathon this weekend. (John & Thomas come to mind, although not in that particular order) Should see some sub-3 hour guys here.