I've been reading other threads where this question has descended into rather violent debate so I don't want to open up a can of worms. I get that alot of people don't like them, but to me running without music is like watching the TV with no sound. It's just not worth it!
As for the safety issue, I have the volume down low and ipod headphones are rubbish at blocking out other sound anyway so I've never found that to be an issue.
I spectated at this marathon a couple of years ago and 1000s of people were wearing them so I never gave it a second thought when I entered- now I'm having a mini-breakdown
Lottylou - really wouldn't worry about using an ipod. Technically it's against the rules but the consensus is that people are going to use them anyway - so the rules aren't enforced. That said - I could be wrong - but I'll be using headphones in the second half anyway and so will lots of others. If you're worried about it maybe keep it in your pocket for the first couple of miles, which is when it is most congested, and then put it on.
I'm thinking about using a camelbak too, PW but took it out today with my sleeveless t-shirt and found that it rubbed a bit against my shoulders, so I might give it a miss and just take a 500ml energy drink with me and use the water stations later on.
Lots of speculation about the weather - could be quite warm but as Fraser says it'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast than in town and that'll probably be welcome. Ran in 17c in Cardiff this afternoon and you can really notice the extra sweat...
Did I read correctly that there won't be any pacers? Seems a bit strange for a field this big, has there been them before? Mate ran Manchester marathon said they were a godsend. I'm truly rubbish at pacing, even with a watch so was hoping for one.
Fingers crossed back is holding up, even with rubbish last month of training i'm hoping/aiming for sub 4. Ran 49.39 at Manchester 10k yesterday and felt pretty good just concerned i#ve had to sacrifice a few long runs cos of back trouble, but nothing i can do now.
lottylou and ro616 - I'm with you guys, i'll have my headphones and will be putting them on for the 2nd half. it'll be a bit quieter for large parts of the 2nd half support-wise as we head further out of the city. Haven't used them in a race before, but i've not had the best of times mentally in my marathons so far, and never have a problem when i wear them in training, so i'm hoping they'll see me through with a sub 4 finish.
Evening all, I will also have headphones on for the race. I did the marathon last year and 2010 and wore headphones for both runs previously and never had an issue - as long as you can hear the marshalls instructions and people around you.
Not enjoying taper week - one day out the gym and already bored and eating everything in the house. Still not long to go...enjoying the sun in the meantime.
yep I will have my ipod ready for mile 20 onwards!! I like to enjoy a race without it mostly, but when the legs are screaming, I need something to distract me.
Pacers would be good, I'm aiming at 3.30 and although I know what that means minute-miling wise and will have a paceband, it's easier following people.
I'm taking gels and some energy drinks on a belt. I know there's gel stations and water stations, but I heard of some chaos in previous years?
I'll be wearing my ipod as well.
Tim, there isn't much you can do now is there? I train with the gels that I will be carrying with me, but I am rubbish at forcing myself to take them as they taste like cr*p. I would much sooner they had sports drink. I will be giving my OH sports drink and flat coke in the hope that I see him and can grab a drink.
woh 6.18s? sub 3 probably if you can maintain that. you'd be in the elite section. Says they're strict on the pens, so you'll have to charm someone.
Whats the best place for spectators to try and see you whilst running?
Mile 9-10 and then the finish or nip on train and get to 13 miles maybe then walk / jog back to the finishing area? Haven't ordered bus tickets yet.. undecided.
Fraser you are the course expert.
That's interesting Jason. Whilst I've been doing my long training runs I've usually had gels, and water with an electrolyte dissolved in (High 5 zero tabs). Would that combination work better than energy drink and gels? Or should I just use plain water and gels?
FRC there are trains but they are only once an hour and i have no idea how busy they are. I have ordered bus tickets for my OH in case he can't get on the train (he has our 1 year old with him so it's not so easy)
My family are unsure about ordering bus tickets so hopefully they can be brought on the bus on the day? I'm staying at the Masson hotel which looks near enough to the start to walk/jog. Hope we don't get the promised heat wave on the day! Good luck everyone. Is anyone else having tapering issues? My tapering seems to be complete fizzle out after 2/3 miles...hopefully not a sign of things to come!
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