The night before the marathon was a little different than usual.
The next morning I was a little hungry but otherwise felt great!! Yes, I was marathon ready!
I decided to try everything to help my legs recover quickly so they would be good for Rome marathon on Sunday and bought myself some CEP calf sleeves from the marathon expo, in bright pink of course :-)
I also stopped four times for the toilet just to have some more breaks. I was always thinking 'I must save my legs for Rome'! This became like a little race chant for me.
Why do I think this marathon seemed easy? There are a few reasons for this:-
1: I trained consistently for the 10 weeks before the marathon and already had a great fitness level beforehand.
2: I ate the right nutrition for the 2 weeks before the marathon.
3: I used a hydration pack which meant I could drink water whenever I wanted.
4: I believe the CEP calf sleeves actually helped my legs feel stronger.
As soon as I'd finished running I put Ice Power gel on my calf and thigh muscles to help reduce my recovery time. I also put my CEP calf sleeves back on after my shower and also wore them again on the plane home. Today (2 days after the marathon) I can hardly feel that I have run one and I'm sure by tomorrow I will be back to normal again. I, of course, know that this doesn't mean I am ready to go out and run another marathon and my plan for Rome on Sunday is to pretty much run slow/walk some/run slow/walk some all the way round.
Would I run this marathon again? Yes I would as I think I could get a new personal best here and it's BARCELONA!!!