In 2013 I finished the London Marathon in 3:00:19. In 2014 I finished in 3:00:00. In 2015, I was hoping to 'smash' at least a second off and go under 3hrs, but instead I finished in 3:41:24! (I can blame a bike crash in Sardinia just days before, for this anomaly). It was clear I now had a sub 3 'monkey on my back'.
So an obvious goal for 2016 was to really focus on running, get some decent and consistent weekly mileage in, and totally nail a marathon time I would be satisfied with (under 3hrs).
Unfortunately, I didn't do this. For various reasons (work, injury, cycling) I did a sporadic amount of inconsistent running, and some weeks didn't do any at all. My running form was poor and my cycling form was suffering from what little running I was doing, including random long panic runs.
The week before the race, filled with pessimism, I was going to defer my entry. Then I came to my senses and decided I would run it anyway and just enjoy the experience.
Well, it turns out that this was a good technique, as I ended up running a 2:58:26 marathon. It hurt, a lot, particularly past the 20mile mark, but I finally managed to get the monkey off my back.
I also got my 15 (secs) of fame on the telebox.
I am now looking forward to having a bit of a break from running, to concentrate on the time trialling season. I will still probably do the odd run to keep it ticking over, before Ironman Wales 2016 in September.