Really looking forward to this and to hopefully meeting some you .
Anyone interested in a practically brand new pair of black Adidas running shorts (male, medium size)?They're cut in at the sides and I think they're just a bit too semi-pro for my style of running. Will just put them on e-bay if need be. Felt self conscious when my wife was a bit lost for words! Have now bought a less flash pair and am now ready for Sunday!
Good luck everyone.
Im up for this, I ran the Shakespeare Marathon last weekend and found it realy tough in the heat.
There are a few of my club mates running this so i thought it would be great to come along and give it a go
this probably sounds odd coming from me, but WCD, if you raced london then you might find another marathon so soon is surprisingl;y tiring
you MIGHT do a better time, but be prepared to alter plans on the day and adjust time expectations
I know lots of us do weekly marathons, but it did take me a while to get used to it
Hello you two
I might be forced to come to support.
Plodding Hippo - hello and thanks for the advice. I probably won't do any better time though I'd hardly say I 'raced' London, I should have been doing 8.35 miles (as I had been doing in training) but my splits were all over the place - partly due to the congestion and partly because of the massive blisters I had which came on from the third mile. I was happy with my time of 4.05.48 initially but those 6 minutes are bugging me (I had really wanted to just get inside 4 hours) and other more experienced runners than me have said I should take advantage of being marathon fit. I realise it's probably madness to do 2 marathons in a fortnight particularly when I'm not used to it but Halstead is literally 10 minutes drive from me so if I got going and decided I couldn't finish it's not such a big deal in terms of getting home etc.
My husband has booked us an all inclusive hol to Turkey for end of May and I expect after a week of eating, drinking and doing not much else I won't be particularly fit and also I'm useless at running in the heat so I don't want to wait until later in the year to have another crack at it. Isn't it just like when one week in training I did 22 miles and the next week I did 23 with lots of miles in between which obviously there hasn't been since London? What do you think?
SBF - not sure about the blisters, something I didn't suffer with in training even up to 23 miles. The only think I can think of is that my feet were soaking wet before the run started because of the downpour. I could feel that I was getting sore little toes from about the third mile but fortunately I didn't take my shoes off until about an hour and half after the finish - if I had I'd have thought my toe was gangrenous and about to drop off - it was completely black with a blood blister which made my little toe 3 times its normal size!
I feel absolutely fine in myself - perhaps a little sluggish with having done nothing at all last week but a few runs this week would freshen me up. I was aware of my quads whilst running yesterday that's all. I know it's not a crowded run so that should help - I just don't want to waste all that fitness and have to start again from scratch next time I decide to do a marathon and I definitely think there will be a next time. I got up at 4 yesterday to enter the ballot for London next year!
At the risk of being shot down in pieces, I'm far from convinced about the benefits of tapering or carb loading.
Perhaps it's just one of those things that works for some people & not for others but it definitely doesn't seem to work for me.
WCD I'm with you, am thinking that with all this fitness - my last long run being 26.2 in London! - that another marathon would be nice to do. It's not that far from me either (I live in Chelmsford) and I think it'll be interesting to do a different marathon without all the razmataz & congestion etc. that you get in London. My legs feel fine, I feel slightly sluggish too but am hoping I can shake that off with adrenaline! And if I dont get a pb, or even decide to call it a day after 13m then it's still a pleasant run in the country & will give me a feel of going for it next year.
Lets do it!
That fighting talk Elizabeth & WCD.
We are going for it. Shit or bust.
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