Marathon Man, Paul Brackett, took on the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon on 23rd December. This was the first big race Paul had taken part in since coming back from a back injury that had prevented him from running for the second half of 2012. Paul describes his experience:
‘It was a bit windy but the rain held off. The going was muddy and slippery as we were running along the shoreline which changed from sand to shingle to trail with puddles thrown in for good measure. I had a very enjoyable 26.2 mile run; only hitting the wall at a respectable 24 mile mark. I then shuffled and jogged the last two miles with a big smile on my face to finish in 4:06:15.’
It was especially good to hear that Paul managed to complete the course without aggravating his hip problem or triggering a return of his back injury:
‘I took it easy for the first 13 miles then, because I felt so good, I pushed it a bit for the second half. Now here I am only four days later and I haven't got an ache or injury anywhere on my body!’
Great stuff Paul – and here's to many more in 2013!