Writing a blog post so soon after a marathon is never a good idea. The mature, seasoned marathon runner knows all too well their post-race state of mind is usually chaotic. Often mired in a state of overblown self-adulation, utter despair or nothingness. I reckon in the past 24 hours I’ve bounced between the latter 2.
I’ve made no secret of wanting to get close to 3 hours. On Sunday morning I truly felt I was in 3.07 shape. That would have given me a 5-minute PB and a significant confidence boost in the pursuit of that magical milestone.
I’ve enjoyed the training plan I’ve been following of tempo, Yasso, long and double runs. While I haven’t always hit every workout objective, I’ve felt like a better runner overall. A PB in the Kameoka Half (1.26) just two weeks earlier added to my optimism. Yet something didn't feel quite right. Sure, I’m faster over the middle distances but am I hardened enough over 42? A quick look at my weekly mileage over the past 12 weeks may explain that nagging doubt I felt. Week 1. 61km then 57, 67, 46, 51, 84, 34, 0, 93, 40, 90 and finally 60. Enough said.
My first 5km split was a good 20.57 followed by 21.36, 21.29, 22.11, a 1.31.14 half then 22.36, 23.43, 24.17. With 5km to go I honestly crashed into one of the biggest walls ever. Every joint hurt and the groin weakness I’ve battled for many years hit me hard. I pride myself on being mentally tough. I’m stronger mentally than I am physically but that last 5km seemed like forever. 25 minutes and 33 seconds in fact. Mercifully the Kakogawa Marathon for 2018 was over for me in a time of 3.14.27.
The day after I have a dull ache in the outer left groin area. It hurts when I lift my knee skyward. A quick google search suggests its origin is an earlier iliopsoas injury. I now have a series of exercises which I’ve been doing since 3pm today. I reckon I’ll stick with my current training program but add distance to my Friday long runs.