a little of the run

4 Nov

the run started pretty good and managed to be able to pick my way through the slower runners who had pushed up front for the start.  plus i decided for a toilet stop early so i did not need to once i was into a fatigued state – so many slower runners passed me at that time. I was going comfortably until around the 15 km mark but then I started getting pain in the back of my left knee.  So I had to back off the pace.  

every time I tried to pick the pace up, It shot a sharp pain through the whole knee.  at around 25 km, the urge to stop and walk started to set in but knew if I did that I would not get going again.  at this point many people were starting to stop, walk, and/or stretch.  the last 17 km (right to the line) was a battle of willpower. in the end I took 4 hrs 59 min – although the official time will be a bit longer cos of having the toilet stop.  once over the line I had a huge release of emotion and i presume this is from the fighting the want to stop – i can see why people say it is a big mental challenge.  in the end all I could do for a couple of hours afterwards was just lay and try and recover.  by then my legs were just aching all over.  

this morning I am feeling surprisingly good.  with only some tightness in my right calf.

both partners in crime also finished and seemed to pull up much better – one even managing to sprint up stairs at the train station – obviously they could have run harder….  the other team member took a run-and-enjoy approach and carried a camera and got many happy snaps along the way (will post some pics sometime soon).

would i do it again?  during the latter stages of the run, the answer would be not in a pink fit.  now after finishing, yes maybe – but with a longer preparation time.  i had a bucket list of two – to climb fuji-san and to run a marathon and managed both, so am happy from a personal perspective to have done so.   

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13 Responses to “a little of the run”

  1. N November 4, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    The past months of tough slog have paid off at last. Well done!!

  2. Mark November 4, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Well done Jimbo, a great effort. But a bucket list at your age, nonsense;.many more to come I’m sure.

    • jimqstc November 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

      thanks mark – it was only my japan bucket…

  3. Helen Szabo November 4, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Well done Jimbo – awesome effort! Helen

  4. Kuy November 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Well done you legend!

  5. Julie November 5, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Come On!! You’re allowed to be a little proud..haha!!
    Well done..
    Looking forward to a celebratory beverage upon your return to Oz..!!
    Julie

    • jimqstc November 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      thanks julie. to be honest, i am proud to have done it

  6. daniel james November 5, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Well done Jimbo!

  7. Dave noble November 6, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    A big congratulations Jim. Two personal mountains, and you achieved both. A fantastic effort of which to be justifiably proud.

    • jimqstc November 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      thanks dave. quite right about the personal mountains. looking forward to hearing you achieve yours…

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