Had the awesome opportunity today to run with the UK's finest! First normal marathon in 3.5 years, and it was actually more fun, and hurt less, than what I expected. With no real goal, I decided this morning to go out at 6 minute pace and see how long I could hold on. The answer was 20 miles. I came in at 2:42:40, good for a PR (in the half too). My quads completely gave out in that last 10K, maybe due to the warm weather (mid 70s and sunny), maybe due to not letting up on my bike training the past few weeks, or maybe just from it being too dang fast for me. But I'll take it! And waffles with ice cream at the finish? God save the queen. One of these days I'm going to give a fully focused marathon effort and go for a lifetime PR. One day. For now, on to triathlon season! After I kick back and recover while catching up on the actual work I came here for. Oh, and the closest guess was Rob Riederer with 2:41:50! . . . #londonmarathon #personalrecord #marathon #abbottworldmarathonmajors #running #racing #london #itwasahotone #wafflesandicecream #yoursecondskin #beatyesterday #triathlonseason #teamemj

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John Kelly, one of the only people to ever finish the Barkley Marathons, ran the London Marathon on Sunday, finishing in 2:42:40. In 2017, he became just the 15th finisher of the Barkley, a gruelling 100-miler in the Tennessee mountains. The time in London was a new marathon PB for Kelly.

The data scientist, ultrarunner and triathlete from Rockville, Md. (near Washington, D.C.), Kelly was in London for work, and planned to run the marathon. It was his first “normal” marathon since 2016, when he not only set a Guinness World Record for the fastest time running the Boston Marathon dressed as a video game character, but he did it two weeks after attempting the Barkley that year, and he set a PB (2:57).

In an Instagram post before Sunday’s race, he predicted that his “average improvement per marathon [was] about to take a big hit.” Certainly it was not as great as his previous improvements, but still, two minutes off his time, and a PB to boot, is a pretty good result for the hottest London Marathon on record.

#fbf to my previous marathons. 2013 Marine Corps Marathon – it felt like someone wrapped two live electrical wires around my
legs for the last 8 miles and I limped across the line in 3:38. 2014 Shamrock Marathon – a
blow up around mile 20, but hung on for a 3:14. 2014 Mohawk Hudson River Marathon – kept it together all the way until mile 24, and finished in 2:49 for my Boston Qualifier (which I ran in a Link costume 2 weeks after Barkley in 2016). I honestly don't have a goal time in mind for Sunday, and it's forecast to be the hottest London Marathon ever, so I'm just going to listen to my body and have fun. I'm pretty confident, though, that my average improvement per marathon is about to take a big hit. . . .
#running #marathon #londonmarathon #roadrace #triathlontraining #gonnabeahotone

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Kelly joked on Twitter on April 1 that he was giving up triathlon training to move his family to a canal boat in London so he could “swim commute everywhere.”

Kelly says it’s now back to training for the upcoming triathlon season.

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