sub or about 4h30 hopefully

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18/04/2013 at 17:36

Racing, lol I wish. Yea think im going to go for that. Mind you owt could happen, im hoping ive got all my jinxes and niggles out the way in training and the run will be fairly incident free.

18/04/2013 at 17:42
Good news today, took rugby training after school and joined in about half an hour of touch without my ankle giving me any problems (very gentle but quite a lot of twisting turning)
Mark, I wouldn't worry too much about ur pace at any given point as it will often lead to you trying to speed up too much too quick if you need to make up time. Better would be to focus on the overall time and compare this to a wrist strap (free at the expo) with mile by mile time targets for certain finish times. Maybe average pace would be good, certainly I'd have that over current pace. Your right about the distance as you will prob be running a little further than the 26.2 over the course so it may just confuse your calculations if u have that displayed.
Re iPod, I ran with it last time and will do again on Sunday as I find I can turn it off when I chat to other runners or for the band sections. But some parts of the course it was really helpful, ESP certain inspirational or upbeat songs when going gets tough. Having said this, I would like to be brave enough to run without but as it's kept me going on my training runs, it will stay with me. Also the other reason is my iPod is my iPhone and i also use mapmyrun on it, plus I intend to record a few small sections on the course if I can cope with moving it without dropping it!
18/04/2013 at 17:56

Mark, and previous marathon experiences, im sure your ready for a good experience! I did forget about the paceing bands.

Andrew that is great news great boost of confidence, although really touch rugby 3 days before the marathon are you looking for injuries ? I didn't even run for a bus today...


18/04/2013 at 18:12

What time you after Fenn?

18/04/2013 at 20:40
If No problem with injuries...then 4:15 please. Anything under 4:30 will be very chuffed. Getting round in one piece will be very too.

Mark what you going for sub 4:30?
18/04/2013 at 20:50

Hi everyone,

Have any of you got any experience (or friends/family with experience) of viewing the finish line? I desperately want my family to see me cross the finish, mainly because of the cause I'm running for (lost my mum to ovarian in january) and my family have been on this journy with me so I'd love them to cross the line with me too.

I've heard many people say that even as far back at 20 miles, I'll beat them to the finish line, so how far in to the race could they watch me before travelling to the finish?

18/04/2013 at 21:06

Yea owt under that, will be hard BUT  theres a few factors helping me. In training since December ive been on low carb diet so aways tired and not fuelled up, every long run etc too. Plus I run with loads of stuff so heavy bottles, gels, phone, money and belt and of course tights, shorts, then 3 layers on top, so hoping running fully rested, carbed up, no belts or heavy stuff and a light vest and shorts will get a bit more from me.

I went mad training, 4 weight sesisons a week too, big sessions usually 2 hours a day training when combined with cardio so hoping for a spring in my step.

18/04/2013 at 21:07

Dan mine are watching me mile 19 canary wharf then getting on jubilee line to Westminster, I run 10 minute miles so hoping that's enough for them to get back.

18/04/2013 at 21:10

I'm be running the same pace, if not a smidge less, but I'm thinking of telling them to see me a little earlier than that in a quieter area so they don't have to queue too much to get on the train.

18/04/2013 at 22:29
My parents in the past have seen me at mile 19 and got to birdcage walk in time to see me... They said they just made it though...I think it will be busier than usual this year.
19/04/2013 at 10:12
Fenn, I'm also hoping for 4.15, but will be pleased to get under 4.30 - are you using RW pacer, or do you have your own plan?
19/04/2013 at 10:33

I have no plan!!! Niggles aside..

Option 1 (most likely): I think I was planning to run 20miles as a training run (circa 10 min miles) and then push a little every mile from there on if feeling good! that is more like a 4:20 finish time.  I always am a bit conservative and would rather a great day out feeling great all the way round.

Option 2: Go round with pacing group for 4:15 and push myself a little all the way round.. this will be my best chance of getting 4:15 going with a group... but this depends on what pen they are in?

I think they are starting in Pen 5 can not remember (Annie/ Denise/ anyone) if you are yet to go to the Expo... its definately worth going to Runners World stand and picking up a pacer card. They will be able to tell you what pen the 4:15 pacing group is starting in. I think it's 5 for blue. If you do this could you please let me know too.. would be appreciated. The pacer looks hot which I think would make it all the more enjoyable.



19/04/2013 at 10:40
Pacer for me then! Was going to do 9.50 for first half and take it from there, but going with a pacer saves looking at watch all the time, but 9.43 could be risking it a bit for later on.... Decisions, decisions!
19/04/2013 at 10:59

I am looking at my 4:15 pacing band and don't think the times are beyond me at all......decisions decisions!!

One positive for finding the pacing group is I will be running alongside others with similar targets and that I think would be nice

19/04/2013 at 11:00

Im going for all out attack!!

19/04/2013 at 11:05

Mark.! Your training and race plan seems to be spot on.. so go for it! Are you enjoying the carbs having been training without them?


19/04/2013 at 11:23

Sick of carbs already. Monday night is curry and a bottle of Tattinger.

19/04/2013 at 12:05

Steak and red wine for me!

19/04/2013 at 12:14

What is everyone doing in terms of carb loading? I had a thai curry last night! I was looking at the food in the supermarket and literally hadnt a clue what to get  I did buy some wholemeal bagels and I'll be having that for lunch today with some soup and maybe one as a mid-afternoon snck. Problem is, I'm not really hungry. Also, I'm trying to keep up my hydration levels whcih is something I'm not very good at and I'm visiting the ladies so often it's ridiculous

19/04/2013 at 13:02
Denise I'm not feeling hungry either- only needs a banana on wholemeal and I'm already feeling stuffed - crazy days!
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