What a triumph. I don’t know my official time yet, but I am pretty confident that its just under 4 hours. My Runkeeper app says 3:59 and 20 secs – this treacherous little thing: during the whole run I was relying entirely on its average and current pace announcement each kilometre. It was reporting a solid 5:30min/k pace which would have carried me very comfortably in under 4 hours over the finish line. But the announcement proved to be wrong and the triumph of finally having done a marathon under 4 had been on severe risk. Not sure if I would have performed better had I known it. What I do know is that I shouldn’t have started from the end of the 4 hours runners group, which lead to the situation that I permanently had to dodge other runners, which surely didn’t help my time. Therefore I am very, very pleased with the result and hope the official time confirms it.
EDIT: Got the exact time now, it’s 3 hours 58 minutes and 30 seconds. Yeah!