Ran the 31st Annual Sakura Full Marathon in a PB of 4:30 (:29 net?). It was my second FULL. The other was the Osaka last year (4:42). I had a sciatic injury and was planning to cancel but I miraculously felt better since a few days before the event.
My Chiro gave me the go ahead but to just run maybe half then retire. I planned on running 30k slowly then retiring since the 30K point was relatively near the finish area and I could retrieve my gear. However, after 30k the marathon gods descended and seduced me into an extra 12.195k of agony......
I hadn't trained properly for 2 months because of the injury so I was surprised to get a PB let alone finish, So, for that I am satisfied!
The course was farmy, hilly, marshy, scenic and the weather was sunny to cloudy to cold to wet to sunny again...much like the mood swings of my ex..
The first HALF I ran in 2:02, probably a little too slow but I was afraid of the injury and my inexperience made me fearful of over-pacing. In retrospect I should have run the half in 1:50 as Juergen said since I'd start cramping at 33K either way...
My pace dropped off drastically at 25k from about 5:45/km to 6:30/km at 30K....and a desperate 7:00/km for last km.
I walked less this time, only to walk off imminent cramps (less than before), even in the latter stages so that was an improvement. The pain in my thighs seemed more bearable this time. The salt candy I was eating, proper hydration and taking mg/calcium regularly has helped maybe.
All in all it was a great course, and am really glad I ran it albeit painfully!