"The first half felt quite slow and then suddenly I felt awful ... People hard warned me that after 18 miles your legs will suddenly feel terrible and they were right ... I know I have a lot to learn but hopefully I can build from here. I found it hard to judge what pace I would be able to sustain ... I've learned so much from it"
Sentiments shared and perhaps expressed by many of the 37,000 marathon finishers on Sunday.
These words, though, were uttered by Jo Pavey who finished in 2:28:24, finishing 19th.