Sub 3.30 2011

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12/04/2011 at 17:00
I reckon she couldn't face being compared to a glamour puss like me
12/04/2011 at 18:50

Do the celebs line up ahead of us hard working mortals? And general question for everyone who's gone off the green start before - how congested is it at the beginning and does merging with the blue start cause any problems?

12/04/2011 at 19:08

I think the celebs set off just away from us which is good as some of them are slow so won't get in our way.As for the merger it's a great part of the race and nothing to worry about.There's a bit of banter between both groups and we run alongside each other for a while before we merge seemlessly.

I'm enjoying the rest this week.I've a slight sore throat but it only gets worse when i think of the race so i'm thinking it's more psycological.

Katie Price(ran) it in 7hrs 11 mins last time out.It annoys me that she gets a place yet plenty of good runners miss out.

12/04/2011 at 20:21
Not congested at all and last year they were really strict on pen numbers and yanking out anyone in a  costume likely to slow up others.  Did 3 miles tonight rather faster than planned - can't imagine how I will do another 23, although should manage the 0.2
12/04/2011 at 20:59

Cheers folks, that sounds quite manageable.

O4S your confidence for that 0.2 made me laugh. 

12/04/2011 at 21:09
RS 7 - that sounds like a grim night with the stag/hen etc - you'll come back strong next time! Sounds as if the Asics Super 6 had a tough time in Paris with the heat (apart from an amazing 2:49 from Pete!).  Looks like it's warming up again for the VLM - hope it'll be manageable: frustrating, the things we can't control...
12/04/2011 at 21:11

Two marathons in a week Andy?!? I've done two in four weeks and that was hard enough, good luck for Sunday

There's still time Daren, I did have dreadful cold the week before Barcelona and got on just fine on the day! Make the most of the rest, plenty of fluids and hot drinks, load up on fruit and veg, take a bottle on antibacterial handwash to use whenever you can, keep washing your hands, more vitamin C, lots of sleep.... maybe a few whiskeys.... you'll be fine!

Sounds like a well organised run HH!  Wonder what they change your time to? Could you think of anything worse than finishing 3:30:05 and later finding out the course was 26.6 miles?

Thanks for the link Wobbled, it's always nice to see who are celebrities this year and see how few I recognise.  Not many, although my old habit from years ago of reading celebrity magazines  has remember Calum Best!  He was always a bit of a ladies man so watch out at that Green Start girls.... love the bit that says 'Calum has also launched his own fragrance'  Who have you met?  Congestion - I was in Green pen D last year, over the start in less than a minute, merge about a mile in with Blue (cue lots of booing from both sides) - still not too busy, merge with red after a few more miles (cue more booing) - busy but you can still run, it was a bit squished in around Cutty Sark but they've taken that bit out this year.  I'd say GNR is worse at the beginning.  And my first 5 or 6 miles last year were in the region of 7:40, so I can't have been that held back!

Is the Emmerdale bloke the one who always does VLM and GNR?

The 0.2 part is awesome at London don't you think O4S?  Knackered legs, the endless run up Birdcage Walk, cheering crowds, hobbling runners, then that lovely '365 yards to go' sign as you turn into The Mall...  All the Union Jacks hung from the flagpoles, more crowds, cameras, cheering, the finishing clock up ahead ticking away, the man on the tannoy, more cheering, then crossing that finish line (is this where you vomit on Daren's shoes?)

Marathon haircut accomplished tonight, I now have a list of things to pack. 4 miles done last night, 0 miles covered tonight, only 8 left to run before Sunday!

12/04/2011 at 21:26

First time i did London i was gutted when i got to the end i was enjoying it that much.I turned that final corner to the finish and the bloke on the mike said raise your hands to cross the line so i did.The trouble was i'd still a long way to run and had to put them back down well before the line.

12/04/2011 at 21:52

Carrot:  I love that finish stretch!  I'm going to try and clear the finish mat before throwing up on Daren's shoes - wouldn't like to prevent someone's chip from recording!  I have made out my list and just remembered to add alarm clock.  Haircut Thursday so will probably look like a convict on the day.  The temperature today was perfect so really disappointed to see it is set to rise - 16 degrees is a bit too much for me.  Still I have now got to the point that I just want to enjoy it and never mind the time, anything under 4 hours and I am determined to be positive, so will start a bit slower than usual and hopefully not blow up as soon!!

When are you at the Expo?  We are going around lunchtime / early afternoon Friday.  Mr O4S's first expo as I usually go up on Wednesday on a cheap bus ticket and collect both numbers.  We then typically stayed at the Travelodge on the M4 services [£29 if booked well in advance] and drove in to Notting Hill area on Sunday morning.  This year we are making a weekend of it, but must try not to do too much on Saturday.

13/04/2011 at 00:17
Just back from the hospital. I am now a proud father and would like to welcome Dylan James Kerrigan (7lbs 11oz) to the world.

The marathon has been the focus of my life for the past couple of years including last year's stress fracture and deferral. Don't wish to get all sentimental but it all faded away when I looked down at that new little life.

That doesn't mean I'm not determined! If I ever needed motivation I have it now. And any pain I will no doubt feel on sunday feel can't come close to what I witnessed from my wife over the past 48 hours.

I am immensely proud of them both and hope to make them as proud of me on Sunday.
13/04/2011 at 06:44
Congrats DK
13/04/2011 at 07:36
DK - fantastic news. Your post just brought a lump to my throat. Make sure you post a picture of Dylan wearing your VLM medal after Sunday.

I love the fact us ladies are all getting haircuts. Mine is booked for Saturday morning!

Off to the Expo later today.
13/04/2011 at 08:23
Congratulations DK - at least you weren't running the marathon when he was born, it might not have gone down well.  When I was born [1950] fathers were not usually at the birth so my Dad got up early on 4th December and walked up to the public phone box to call the hospital - however he first called a recorded message to find out the score in the Test match in Australia.  That wouldn't have been so bad except he made the mistake of telling my mother and was never allowed to forget it.
13/04/2011 at 11:37
DK -congratulations! 
13/04/2011 at 13:06

Brilliant DK, great news.

13/04/2011 at 13:59

Brilliant DK - congratulations. Also brought a lump to my throat when I read your news. Awesome timing.

Is your wife running on Sunday as well?

13/04/2011 at 16:50

Congratulations DK.You can now run free from worry of missing the birth.There's many things in life we think are important and then when you see your child come into the world your views change.

I'm off to the Expo Saturday afternoon after i've checked nthe hote.I'm stopping near Buck house so it's just a little jog from the finish,although i may do a loop.

I may get a 2.40 wrist band to wear on the tube gonig to the start and put the real one on later.That way i can hold the rail with a smug look on my face.

Not long now is it?

13/04/2011 at 17:20
I'm getting my haircut tonight. Any of you that have met me will know that this is a big deal, will take ages to get just right and will cost a fortune at a very expensive hairdressers.
13/04/2011 at 17:35
Hot off the press - from tonight's Evening Standard:

"Katie Price has pulled out of this year's London Marathon but said she will double the value of any donations her fans have made. The glamour model, formerly known as Jordan, was meant to be running Sunday's race for charity but said she had to pull out on medical advice."

There - we can all sleep easy now that mystery has been cleared up.

Expo done and dusted. Now just wondering whether to drink the complementary can of London Pride (the "official" beer of the VLM) before the race. Carbo loading?
13/04/2011 at 18:19
DK -top man! Congratulations. I enjoyed your birth report.

Freemers- thanks for clearing it up, I wouldn't have enjoyed VLM not knowing. Medical grounds? I wonder if there were two medical grounds? Ahem. Nice gesture though to double the donations, not many celebs would do that.
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