By far the best bit of the Bath Two Tunnels marathon was the route, so maybe it’s better to let the pictures do the talking.
Before coming up the path on the left at the end of the Dundas Aqueduct. We then ran round the top of the basin and out the right hand side. To be honest, I didn’t really notice the aqueduct, so may need to go back another day.
From there it was back along the river before popping up briefly in the town centre. One bus driver stopped to let me cross the road ahead of him and people on the top deck were waving and clapping – how cool is that?
So how was it for me?
Very much a race of 2 halves.
The first lap was great. It was sunny but not too warm and the scenery was right up my street/river/railway/canal. Although I was running well within myself the pace was fine and I wasn’t at all tired. It was probably the best running experience I’ve had to date.
Starting the second lap I noticed I was lacking bounce, and over the next 2-3 miles it was clear the pace was down. Approaching 17 miles I knew I was in trouble and the realisation that I still had 10 to do was not a great feeling. I sort of got the feeling it was not going well when every other marshal was asking if I was ok. From then on, it was a question of keeping going, despite getting progressively slower with the final mile taking over 12 minutes.
Immediately after the race I’d forgotten the first half and spent a lot of time thinking about what went wrong. I think it was at that point that I really began to ‘get’ marathon running. It certainly is different from doing half marathons in so many ways. This could (and maybe will) be the subject of another missive at some point in the future. Fortunately, after a few days I began to remember the first half too, so at least I’m left with some decent memories.
And now the next question to answer is….which one do I do next?