I ran my 12 th Melbourne Marathon this morning. I am not sure it will be my last or not.
Ran went pretty much to plan although I was a little bit slower than what I would have liked.
My main aim was to run the whole thing no matter what pace and to run into the MCG at a good pace. That was pretty much what happened. I was pleased to see that from 30 to 40 Km I passed 59 other runners and from 40 to 42 Km I passed another 42. I putt on a bit of a kick in the last 200m whilst in the stadium and that felt good.
I made a big effort to run slowly for the first 5 Km…perhaps too slowly….you can never be sure what may have happened if you had gone out a lot faster.
Overall I felt the distance was hard to handle By 36 Km I was feeling none too flash and just kept telling myself not to quit and walk. ” Just finish…get this over with.”
I made a big effort to drink quite a built at each aid station from 10 Km onwards. I think this was a wise move even if it was a coolish day …actually it rained for the last hour.
My Net Time was 3-54.44. Nothing flash I must admit but about 2 minutes fast than my first Melbourne Marathon in 1979. I also bettered the qualifying time for my age group in the Boston Marathon.
Finished 24 th out of 98 runners in my age group.