James at the Manchester Marathon
by James Cusack
I woke up in the Salford budget IBIS. As planned, I went straight over to the table and I made and then slowly ate 2 jam sandwiches. I gave myself a pat on the back, “that’s the first step done”. I then checked my watch. It was 1 am. 4 hours before I intended to get up. Back to sleep!
Fortunately, it all went more smoothly when I woke up again at 5am! I soon found myself at the Manchester Marathon start line remembering the advice you all gave me and rehearsing my plan in my head: i) aim for sub 3:10., ii) average 7:09 minute/mile pace and be prepared to drop back (2-3%) to 7:18 minute/mile pace as the race progresses.