After enjoying last year’s race so much I was looking forward to this greatly. I again travelled up with Billy, Daniel and Michael to camp at Glen Nevis campsite, one of my favourite locations. This was my 10th marathon and so I may have become a bit blasé in my marathon prep, after failing to follow any sort of training plan (rule number 1- always follow a training plan),
I realised on the days leading up to the race that I didn’t possess any running shoes capable of getting me round the course, so after buying a pair on the wednesday and trying them out at hill reps on thursday I started the race in an untested shoe. The same went for my running vest that had only been tried on once since it had come through my letterbox (rule 2 – always try out your gear beforehand).
Just to compound my rule breaking I decided it would be a good idea to walk up and down Ben Nevis the day before the race (rule 3- always rest in the days leading up to a marathon).
So I only have myself to blame for the fact I was slower than last year by several minutes (I must have angered the marathon gods). I did 03:55:35 last year and had hoped to get in under 4 hours this year too.
Hey ho it was a fantastic weekend and I love my new clobber, it was much better behaved than I was.
Result, out of 383 runners:
Position 87 Time 04:03:38 Cat position 7 Gender position 15