We started celebrating the Oslo Marathon last night, with my two eldest running a 3K race, and coming in at 14 and 17 minutes. Little brother aged 6 was inspired and declared that he wanted to do the children's marathon on Saturday (500m), so we signed him up. This meant changing our usual marathon day plans, but it all worked out. My mother came to town with us, then took the kids home when it was time for us to run.
Hubby and I were signed up for the half marathon. Unfortunately both of us came down with colds about mid-week, so we weren't feeling too great. Luckily both colds were above the neck, so we decided to give it a go.
I can't deny that I found the race harder going than usual. They have also changed the route to make it quite a lot more hillier. But I soldiered on, and took a gel at 7K, planning to take another gel at 14K. I had tried this gel earlier on in the week, and it had been fine. I don't know if the cold had an impact, but the gel was horrible this time. It made me feel really sick, and gave me stomach pains. Just the negative stuff some of you have written about.
I manage to keep running fairly well til about 13K in, with a couple of short walk stops. By the time the second major hill came along, I was in a lot of discomfort, and hubby's knee (which has been a problem in the past) was also acting up. But we made it up and around. I was looking forward to the last 4K, which was mostly downhill, but I just couldn't run all the way.
Anyway, we finally made it to the finish line, hand in hand. And I was happy to see that my time was only 5 minutes slower than last year: 2:34. Not too bad for a sick lady with an unhappy gut!
One of the pluses about the race was that it didn't get too hot. They also put up handy signs like: Slow down - cobblestones ahead. Or Slow down: Insults ahead! This apparently referred to a local restaurant that was handing out treats. Nobody insulted us, though.
The downside was the usual. Very little cheering. There was more cheering by spectators in the central locations. But the volunteers were really bad. I think only 20% of marshals cheered for us. And most of the rest were sitting on the ground, staring at their phones.
I have mixed emotions about today. I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to capitalize on all my training. On the other hand, I think we did really well considering the circumstances. At least things are looking promising for Royal Parks. It should be a mostly flat HM when I should be in good health. And a few more weeks to work on my mental training.