Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
What is right is to be well hydrated but stop drinking two hours before the start. You can then have a small drink just before the start and drink during the race.
I agree with Helen. Just after 8 miles the route goes through an industrial estate, where there are few spectators but plenty of portaloos and loads of bushes! The men use the bushes leaving the cubicles for the ladies. This is the prinicipal toilet stop of the race, so plan ahead!
The provision of toilets at the start of the Paris Marathon is pretty woeful. I was one of many people making the gutter on the Champs Elysees slightly wetter just before kick-off. I didn't spray anyone though.
IT doesn't matter how hydrated, (or dehydrated) you are, or how many times you queue for the loos before the start, you will always feel like you need a pee just after the start- nerves?/ sudden increase in activity? - dunno, but even if you don't stop and find a loo, the feeling seems to wear off after a while. I've thought I had to pee at about mile 2 or 3 everytime, but it's just psychological, I think!
Most mid- sized marathons have reasonable portaloo provision around the course, you'll be fine- check the race info!
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