- but it wasn't pretty!! Sorry for delay in posting, went on to visit friends and have only just stopped.
Got to Newcastle late Saturday and hotel had notice up welcoming GNR runners and had goodie bags to give out. Slept okay and headed off early next morning on the metro. Walking up to drop off bag we all had to clear a path for a coach coming up the closed road. All the "what on earth" muttering stopped when people realised it was the elite men and there was Mo. The 36 red double decker baggage buses moving off in convoy was also quite a sight. Into the pens, stood next to a dinosaur doing lunges and a lady who really must have been in her late 80's. Lots of encouraging texts coming through from family and friends. Gun went off at 10.40, I crossed the start line at 11.30!!
All the things you have heard about the crowds and atmosphere of the Great North Run are true. My first ever view of the Tyne Bridge came as I ran through the middle of it. The Red Arrows had gone over long before whilst I was still 1/2Km from the start but just saw the smoke changing colour. Had been to the loo after dropping my bag off, then again just in case but by mile 4 was desperate to go again. Bizarrely spotted a solitary portaloo up a side street with no queue- what a find. Got to mile 9 feeling surprisingly comfortable, knew it would get harder but was counting down the miles when I was suddenly overcome with nausea. Had to stop and walk a bit but whenever I ran more than a few minutes I was close to vomiting. I did run down the hill to the sea as had been so looking forward to that, but it proved a mistake as did running across the finish line when I vomited again. After a bit of a lie down got the bus back into Newcastle but rather dramatically had to lie down on the floor and had luckily already emptied out my goodie bag in anticipation of needing it for another purpose.
So - I don't really know what happened. The easy answer would be the heat. It was hotter than I expected but it has been very hot and humid at home for weeks so I am not convinced.
I had consciously upped my fluids the couple of days before and I never had a headache. My legs and joints didn't really trouble me during or after the race so I don't think I was dehydrated. Still felt bit nauseous the next day after had definitely drunk/eaten enough.
Mapmyrun didn't work properly so haven't got all the splits but chip times were 5k- 35 mins, 10 k 1hr 13 and 15k 1.51 which is about what I would have expected hoping to come in around 2hrs 30, So I don't think I went off too fast. Final time was 2 hours 49mins.
So I am a bit disappointed as I had trained hard, but as a more experienced friend said - it is what it is on the day and you can only do your best with that. I certainly hope I can get to do it again.