Runners BIO: Tony Hunt
Club: Bournemouth AC
Marathon PB Sub 03:40 Attempt - Tony added 'The photo is me praying for the finish line to come as I was hurting.'
- 03:36:45 marathon PB
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Event - North Dorset Village Marathon
DISCIPLINE - Road Running
Distance - Marathon
DATE: May 2015
Nutrition intake starts with a Beet-It shot 12 hours before the race time. Then up at 5.30am, didn't need an alarm as I woke up at 1.30am, 3am, 4am and 5am before giving in and getting up. Is there a better feeling than race day? First toilet visit of many, we all know the feeling then downstairs for fueling, not breakfast, fueling. Bowl of porridge with honey, chocolate chip brioche roll, coffee and a pint of water. A second Beet-It shot 2 hours before race time then check my bag for the fifteenth time to make sure a gremlin hadn't taken out a bit of kit during the night. Back to the toilet. Get in the car and off to meet up with two Bournemouth AC runners as I'm getting a lift. Great drive to the race as all we talked about for an hour was running. I'm going for anything from sub 3:30 to 3:39:xx.
We're off and I'm really cautious from the off as keen to avoid a 10m/m death march for the last two miles which spoiled the last two marathons. Worried before the race my left glute would flare up (wonky pelvis injury) in the first few miles but it doesn't and I relax. Took a gel before the start of the race, promised I'd have a few swigs of water at every water station and a gel every 5 miles. Two miles in and the 5 gels I've stuffed in my short pockets are pulling my shorts down, an unexpected problem. Decide to take a couple of gels out to prevent me running along with shorts round my ankles. Then decide to put a gel back in my pocket which then flies out and I don't want to stop. Annoying but ho hum. A very kind man picks the gel up and hands it back to me, happy days.
3:36:45 for a 16 minute PB exactly. Oh what a feeling when I'm dancing on the ceiling (thanks Lionel).
Free massage, difficult as I cramped up in my hamstring, back and left foot. Then a hog roast and a couple of ales, absolutely lovely.
Make sure the first 10 miles of a marathon feel easy if they don't you'll pay later on. Get on target pace early and increase effort levels to keep cracking off the mile splits.
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