Despite being unsure about this years marathon, things went alot better than i was expecting. The race started off pretty cold in the morning, but as soon as the clouds shifted it quickly became blisteringly hot. I felt good running the first half of the race, no problems with the legs/feet and full of energy, but after about 30km really started to tire and began wishing i'd worn a cap to block out the sun, especially as there few trees around for shade. The last 10 km were absolute agony, reminiscent of the horrors of my first marathon, but i managed keep going without stopping (apart from drinking at the aid stations) as I just wanted to get it over and done with. My finishing time was 3 hours 26 minutes 32 seconds, which I'm quite proud of, and surprised of really. I was aiming for just under 4 hours at the beginning, but decided to go at a pace that i felt ok with. The first half i ran in 01:38:23, which was why i think i tired so much in the second which was run in a slower 01:48:09.
The winner of the Sydney marathon ran it in 2 hours 14 minutes which is an astonishingly fast time, he must have bionic legs. (here are the full 2007 race results)
If i run the marathon again, I think i'll find it hard beating that time, it really took everything out of me; who knows, i'll re-asses it in 6 months time. For now though I'm in agony, walking is just so painful, my front thigh muscles feel like they have been torn out and stretched on a rack for a day or two, but it was worth it!
Looking forward to a summer of surfing now.