My 2nd was going to be my last too ... this will be number 7!!!
Decide on a strategy and go for it!! How did you feel in your first marathon? Do you think you learned anything from it? I am determined not to do a stupidly quick start but will still be aiming for a time that will only happen on a perfect day - so the pace is probably quicker than it should be... Whatever you decide, you need to believe you will achieve it as it will help you stay mentally strong when it starts to feel tough!
As I was tucking into some chocolate mini eggs (guilt free, that's why I run!!) my husband suggested a sequel to 'Run Less Run Faster' as 'Run Slower Eat More Chocolate' - Pah, what does he know!!! I did a PB for a 10 miler after eating a huge amount of party food the day before - not a sensible carbohydrate passed my lips but I am partial to a cheesy puff!!
Definitely overcooked it yesterday, can feel it in my legs, that wasn't supposed to happen. Better have another mini egg to cheer me up...
So as good as celery then? That's comforting to know. I'd always suspected ....
Hope you sort your issues out with the Garmin ... either that or I hope you are less heavily dependent on it than I am
6*400s for me, 3 were a couple of seconds slower than they should have been but they weren't on a track so crossing roads and uneven pavements must account for that
3 more miles to go ...
Cracked mini eggs - I never even suspected that! This is the best information I've ever received on a forum... If only there were some left in the bag to check
Have you tried the soft reset on your Garmin? Don't know which model you have but there are quite a few suggestions in the online help if memory serves me right. I've recently gone on to the 405CX but the reset helped me eek out a few more runs on my old 305 - even if I did have to hold me watch when on a run because as soon as I put it on my wrist it would go blank couldn't get it back on without the soft reset! Can you revert to the previous release?
The 205 is blue and the 305 is the red one with the same functionality but has the heart rate monitor - don't know if that's what you have though as there is a 210 and many more too!!! For what it's worth, I think the average pace works best for me, due to the fact that I'm notorious at forgetting to press the lap button at a mile marker from about mile 8 in a marathon, I have distance alerts for every mile so I get the pace per mile. This means if you have a bad mile you put it behind you and settle back down for a good pace on the next without going ridiculously quick to make up for a bad mile and then blowing up completely... My 305 got very wet during a run and after that it was never the same again, it was over 4 years old and from what I can gather that seems to be a fairly average age for faults - things just aren't built to last! If you send it back you can get a refurbished replacement for around £80 but given the fact that they keep coming down in price I decided it was better to buy new and the 405cx was £121 at the time - the bezel is very sensitive though so I need to pick the screen I want for the run and lock it!
RR sounds to me that you're better off without yours! I know some very quick people that don't wear a watch at all - don't quite now how they do it!!! For my first races I had a watch that didn't even have laps so trying to calculate where I was gets really tough by the end of a marathon. The pace bands are a really good idea as at London you have your time at every mile so all is not lost if the watch fails.
We're nearly there!!!
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