Bob Allsopp ran: Debut marathon in vib...

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  • 26 miles
  • 03:44 time
  • 08:32 pace
  • 2634 calories
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  • 1410 ft climb
  • 173 max hr
  • 157 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
great White Peaks Marathon 26.22 mi 03:44 08:32 pace

Debut marathon in vibrams.
Only 180 runners on a mostly limestone trail in hilly but picturesque Matlock.
The first 7 miles were up a steady but gradual incline, and into a constant headwind that kept my 8:40 mins / mile pace in check. The trail then levelled out for a few miles but unfortunately the wind remained. Luckily the next 9 miles passed easily with some banter with a fellow runner with similar pace. As we reached halfway we stepped up the pace slightly to 8:30 mins / mile helped by a partial tailwind. At mile 16 I was on my own again (fellow runner / call of nature!) but I kept my pacing and a few gradual inclines meant I overtook 12 or so runners.
I knew this race included three steep descents during the last 5 miles - but I wasn't expecting anything on this scale! I guess they were man made as cliff railway lifts. The first was 0.5 miles long, the second was 0.75 miles and the third was 1 mile long totalling about 260 metres of drop. The last drop ended in a tunnel and then onto a canal path for a 0.75 mile final effort and two overtakes.
I used four gels, and icing sugar in my shoes (to absorb through my soles as I ran!)
My first marathon was a great experience - My pacing went to plan 'A', my final position was 65th and I beat my 'ideal world' time by 1 minute with a 2 minute negative split.
Thanks also to the marshals who were friendly and encouraging, and Mum and Dad for driving me home!

  • Ape
    Ape

    I've just taken a closer look at the map - I do believe I've ran very close to the end of that route whilst on holiday in Wirksworth last year. Lovely part of world!

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Bob A.
    Bob A.

    Thanks Ape, I really enjoyed it!
    We might be onto something with the icing sugar - constant energy absorbed directly into the blood stream and blister prevention!

    Wirksworth looks about 2 miles from the race finish at Cromford! Lovely (but very hilly) area.

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Bob A.
    Bob A.

    Full-er race report added to my blog
    http://www.toadshoes.co.uk/?p=89

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Ape
    Ape Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    A brilliant run and an excellent finishing time, Bob. Sounds like a very nice event. Still chuckling about the icing sugar - you know someone will read that and try it ;)

    over 5 years ago