Well, that's that done then. I'll get the bragging bit out of the way, mostly because I'm on the train back home and I'm still basking in the afterglow of a hugely successful race at the UK's Chester Marathon.
Two days ago I wondered whether the Apple Watch 2 could actually last a marathon - and all the prep that came with that - and now I've got the results.
Well, partly fueled by the heroics of theApple Watch 2 (you'll see how in a moment) I managed a massive 14 minutes faster than my previous best - hitting 3:09:48. I know it's just boasting, but if I can't do it with you, then who can I?
The Apple Watch 2 deserves a strong mention for that performance, as it was a key part of the whole experience. The music streaming from it helped me structure my race and the whole thing worked perfectly, the playlist I put together kicking in at the key points.
Shout out to the UK's Chester Marathon for providing a beautiful course Rather than run on time, I wanted to use music to trigger the changes in phase, something to listen for and take the decisions away from me.
So I was up for hours the night before crafting the perfect playlist of hard, then more chilled, then adrenaline-fuelled and then soothing songs.
Not worrying about a time meant I could just listen out for the right track to signify the change in phase, and when the song started playing to begin running hard. After eight miles I was champing at the bit to get going.
I was soaring as I suddenly started bounding past the people that had been slowing jogging past me for the last hour.