FLM nerves and mad dreams

...oh, and suddenly getting fat!

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17/04/2009 at 10:51

I'm a first time FLM'er and am starting to get really nervous and have mad dreams.  So far I've dreampt that I turned up without my number because I forgot to go to the expo so all my training (and abstinence were for nothing, and then in another dream I got half way round and thought "sod that" and just went home) 

Am also POUNDING on the weight with this tapering mularkey which is most frustrating! 

 Is it just me?!  Please say "no" ...

17/04/2009 at 10:54
welcome to tapering madness
17/04/2009 at 10:57

No. It's not just you. When I did the London Marathon in 2003 I dreamt I turned up at the start line and forgot my running shoes. In my 2006 dream I missed the start and started about an hour after everyone else!

As yet I've had no dream for the 2009 London Marathon 

17/04/2009 at 11:01
I'm having loads of dreams too and putting on weight, mind you 3 weeks off injured prior to tapering hasn't helped!
17/04/2009 at 12:50
Dreamt the other night that I got stopped and very publicly told off by a race official that I hadn't trained hard enough post-injury and didn't deserve to be there.

Glad this is normal then!
17/04/2009 at 12:56

I had a dream that Allison and Seren both finished this year's FLM with the biggest smiles they have ever had......

17/04/2009 at 15:23
I like that dream "Dreams can come true"
17/04/2009 at 15:41
I have alrady run it twice in my dreams and my husband has the bruises to show for it.
17/04/2009 at 15:45
I dreamt last week that I missed my train to London Bridge from Purley in Surrey and was trying to run to Greenwich to make the start !!!!
17/04/2009 at 16:35

WS: that prompted me to finally check my travel plans for the day!

 I hadn't even considered that this tapering period would be stressful.  What a naive fool I am!

17/04/2009 at 16:44
Ha! It's all coming back to me now. A couple of weeks before FLM '07 I dreamt that the race started in an Austrian ski resort. The finish line was still on the Mall though, so you can imagine how I felt when I realised the distance involved. A bit more than 26.2 miles.

Nerves are a good thing. You'll check everything through fourteen times (don't forget your chip!) and the adrenaline will get you going nicely. Enjoy!
17/04/2009 at 16:44

I'm a first timer.

Think I have run the marathon in my dreams, dream't about not finishing, getting a hotel to far away from my start, not being able to get to a loo and loads of other things.  I would so like to dream about getting the medal around my neck and having a well earned drink (of the alcoholic type).

 Getting into a nervous excitement about it now. 

17/04/2009 at 19:09

Me too. Normally I sleep all through the night but the last three nights I have been awake and having to get up to go to the loo! My husband says he knows I am dreaming about the run because my breathing changes as if I am running and my legs twitch!!

I am constantly looking at the mile by mile and thinking what have I let myself in for!

As for tapering, I just keep walking the dog loads of times, he doesnt know what is going on!! Cant sit still for 5 mins!


17/04/2009 at 21:24
I didn't have any dreams yet, but I am imagining that I am getting ill. I haven't had a single cold since last Christmas, but I am convinced that it is coming just now. Not to mention the chicken pox, ringworm and impetigo that I will sure catch from the children (where I work)
17/04/2009 at 21:32

As far as I'm concerned, Easter couldn't come at a worse time with regards to trying to avoid choccy.

I'd love to taper more but the thought of not going out to run and putting on more weight as a result have caused niggles to flare up. But I can't stop myself!

Petrified I won't get there at the start either.

17/04/2009 at 21:48

You'll hate me for saying this, but if you're stacking on weight, you are eating too much.

Taper isn't about eating till you pop, its a very fine balance of getting your muscles full of glycogen for the race without over-eating.  I put on weight last year in training, so was very careful this year.  Now I'm tapering I've reduced my food volume to compensate for the reduced miles. 

But I'm with you on the mad dreams.  Mine favourite is ambling to the start, where everyone else is already running and not worrying because its all done on chip time, after all...

17/04/2009 at 23:35

hahaha this is so funny.. i hought it was just me! i dreamt the other night that i stopped for a picnic with my boyfriend haf way through and then the race officials were really nasty and wouldnt let me run the rest! hahahaha woke up in such a state!

this marahon has messed with both my body nad mind more than i ever dreamt it would!

good to know im not the only one!

22/04/2009 at 10:26
Had no dreams this year - but remember a couple of crackers in 2003 and 2007.

Mens Health had a great carbo loading menu in an issue a couple of issues ago - I'm actually eating more and loosing a couple of lbs and feeling fab! It may still be online if you check out their web site.
22/04/2009 at 12:50

yep - the weird dreams have started and my marathon is not until the end of May!  Usually they involve forgetting to wear trainers and running in inappropriate footwear (stilettos and cowboy boots so far!).

 I am fairly confident that on the actual day, while 101 things can go wrong, forgetting my trainers shouldn't be one of them!

Basil Brush Mk II    pirate
22/04/2009 at 13:53
Oh God I had a mad dream last night. Thought I had managed to get away with it. I dreamt somehow I had managed to turn up without my race number, running shoes or running vest. Unsuprisingly, the race stewards wouldn't let me start....
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