Evening all - sorry I've barely posted for ages. Looks like most people starting to get fairly excited now.
Bring it on eh !
Hoping for 2.55 if it goes well - anything less would be a major bonus
Good luck everyone
Seesteverun - Berocca - well, I take MV but when I get signs of a cold or feel run down I will also then take Berocca for extra boost. Obvs I don't know what MV you take but just check. Not done me any harm so far and I'm quite normal for a multi marathon runner.
Thanks Possum hopper. I took my first Berocca this morning; man, that thing fizzes. The MV I had been taking was Tesco MV for Men; didn't take it as well as Berocca today. May take it tonight instead.
Still feeling on the downward slope rather than anything else, so I've booked a call with my GP (who is also a runner) to ask his advice. At the moment, I feel like I could give it a go, but I'm concerned about any long-term effects if I run with an underlying virus.
WarrenYou know your body and your capability. I'm looking forward to your race report when you start off at a comfy 2:45 pace and then blow up big time in the 2nd half. It would bring back personal memories. Give us some fun.
Ecky - if you're desperate for a qucik "comfort stop" "Peep-O-Day Lane" (the cycle track you run along betwen miles 13 and 14, and again between miles 22 and 23) has a useful hedgerow on the left hand side. It's not too thick to climb through but is thick enough to protect your modesty (and just has empty farmers fields at the other side of it). You might come out with a scratch or two but nothing worse.
Remeber to take a bit of "emergency loo roll" wrapped up in cling film in your shorts pocket.
Lots of Man Bugs out there......I had a head cold 2 weeks ago when ran Clarendon marathon - bit daft really but I had offered a pal a lift so had to 'Man Up' and get on with it. Bit of a different run tho than Abo with lots of ups and downs with lovely scenary thrown in. One to be taken at a more leisurley pace than Abo so no lasting damage done to me thank goodness.
Get well soon guys but if you do come along, please sneeze and cough well away from us slightly more healthy ones......I am down to do Beachy Head the week after which will be tough enough.
Yeah, I'm down at Beachy Head next week too Possum Hopper - always my favourite marathon of the year - but then again I haven't done Abo before so we'll see if that changes come Sunday afternoon! They are chalk and cheese though, right?
Been following the thread for a while now, so thought it was time to contribute and wish everyone all the very best! I hope you all have a great race and achieve your goals.
Drinks-wise the race blurb states "orange squash and jelly babies at some of the later water stations and Lucozade Sport at miles 14 and 22", so hopefully that will suffice for everyone.
As for the weather we’re now getting close to the point where a decent prediction can be made, so if, as currently forecast, it’s overcast, possibly a bit damp, with average temperatures and not too windy, that’s all good as far as I am concerned.
Once again have a great race everyone and most of all remember to keep smiling, whatever the race throws at you!
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I've this week developed a really horrible cold/flu, which kept me off work yesterday, although I'm perkier and at work today. Has anyone suffered this in the final week before a marathon, yet still done it? How has that worked out...?
Interesting. I do now feel ok below the neck, but still have a sore throat and I'm sneezing like nobody's business. The worst is over, but these things tend to hang around. After three months and more of training for this, I've had two bugs in the past three weeks. Very annoying. I suspect it's not that difficult to drop out of this one and find one's way back if the worst comes to the worst...
Oh, and thanks Martin
SJ - Bad news, I was out for 4 months with PF a couple of years ago so rest I found taping the best way to recover.
Shadwell - Hope your race finish is better than last year, I think I saw you just coming back into the athletics park, the bit that seems to go on forever, you were being "encouraged" by a female runner but I think you were already out of it. I tried to get you to keep going but to no avail, then witnessed your finish, plenty of gels this year?
My cold has n't materialised into anything serious, lots of First Defence and Vit C, just a snotty nose in the morning, my tooth seems better after half hour in the chair yesterday but still getting twinges which I hope is just where he dug so deep to get all the nasty stuff out.
Fingers crossed for weather, was looking iffy but now looking better.
PC - I ran 2010 with a stinking cold and cough, which had started 2 weeks earlier during the Spitfire 20 miler at Dunsfold. I got round just fine, but perhaps coincidentally it took another 5 weeks to shake off that lurgy, and I had to give the Marlow Half a miss.
Just off for my final run.
Cheer Blisters, if the pace feels easy and I get a tail wind all the way round then sub 2:55 might be on, but I think I will set out at ~6:45pace for first few miles. How come you are not doing it this year?
I did 3 slow miles today and will do 2 tomorrow. It never really feels worth getting changed for a run of that length but the neighbours will think it is a bit odd if a go for a jog in my jeans and shoes I guess.
Good luck with the taperchrondia everyone. Stay calm and don't fret... and get eating those carbs.
TickTock - I'm with you on the going out for 2 / 3 mile runs......it take me longer to decide on what to wear than to actually do the run !!
WhiteWilford - alas have never done BH and was kind of 'persuaded' to do it with a pal of mine. Bad planning all aound 6 days after Abo ! Have heard great things about it but also that it is very VERY tough. Yes, chalk and cheese I'm thinking but that's good.....variety is the spice of life.
Good luck Sunday.
Still fighting off cold but getting better...
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