Whats the one thing you wish you'd known before your first marathon...

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08/04/2012 at 17:09
My top tip is that if you tuck the loops of your tied laces under the taut cross-lacing a couple of eyelets down your shoes don't need to be as tight yet won't come undone.

The other top tip mentioned way back is to take a top for a small Nestle Water For Life bottle. Then you can run with it if it's hot, and maybe skip a water stop or two if time is short.

I also pin gels or whatever to the top of my tights Hawaiian skirt style.

08/04/2012 at 17:15
Loved reading this thread for the first time, especially the arguments that were going on last year.
I am expecting to slowly run the beast in about 5-5.20 but run I will, and hopefully walk I won't.
Some great tips.
Someone told me to buy a scabby fleece from a charity shop, (not too scabby!) so you can chuck it at the start without being sad about losing your best fleecy.
09/04/2012 at 11:15
I ran the Loch Ness Marathon a while back. Got drenched at one point then noticed watered down blood running down my right thigh. I had cut open under the tally wackers. Silly thing. Be accurate with your deodorant and vaseline around where your arms may / will rub. Plasters on the nipples for blokes. Put a load of vaseline on some toilet paper and gently wipe yer bum. Vaseline above the eyebrows to help stop the salt build up on your eye lids. Dont cut your nail just smooth the edges with a file. Walk at least a mile before the start so you have a proper dump. Relax when you are running and run upright. Dont panic when you feel knackered. Everyone else is also knackered. Run 6 so its only 20 left, then clock off a half-marathon, then run smooth to 20 and its only 6 left and 6 aint a lot.
10/04/2012 at 09:39
Bit confused about taking a water bottle lid? Do they give out bottles with the top taken right off? So no sippy top on it? (and if so, why???!!!)

Lots of great tips thank you - really helping to focus my mind (I'm in complete denial with how close this thing is...!)
10/04/2012 at 11:05
Definitely vaseline your bum!
10/04/2012 at 13:48
Black and Tabby, they do take the lids off but they're not the sippy top ones in the first place, they're just the normal flat ones.
10/04/2012 at 15:21
Nykie - thank you. That makes more sense! Will definitely look out for a lid. Trouble is, if its not a sippy top, I may well drown myself at each water stop anyway!
10/04/2012 at 17:48
It IS a sippy lid, kind of!

Check out the Nestke Pure Life 339ml bottles and see what I mean, they have a flip top.

Now if I remember correctly you could get them intact st the start....
10/04/2012 at 21:59
Reikirabbit - thank you! It's a little thing, but I was planning on carrying the bottles with me so a lid is useful! I'll check out a bottle and see what you mean.
11/04/2012 at 13:53

Sorry, I didn't realise that they supply the Nestle water. I've not run the VLM since they changed.

11/04/2012 at 18:46
vaseline your bottom?  Am I too naive to understand what this means and what unimaginable things will happen to me if I don't?
11/04/2012 at 19:28
@Kaffeeg - it's all about the chaff. Sometimes the fabric cant get into your crack and rub.  Not nice!
11/04/2012 at 19:51

Emmy-bug  oh.  So the dilema is: go with a squeedgy tush which (I assume) will feel strange.  Or risk chaffing.

11/04/2012 at 19:53

the title of this thread

is it a wind up or what LOL

i love it -

i dont even know were to begin TBH 

11/04/2012 at 22:36
Well Mick, we've already reached Vaseline & bottoms - it can only get better from here!
11/04/2012 at 22:39

can it

you sure about that PMPL -

12/04/2012 at 21:23

I've done 10 (not this year, stress fracture!) - just enjoy every minute of it -

the first one is absolutely the best one and you will never forget it, whether you stop there or do 100 more!

Best of luck to all of you - I will be cheering you on! 

13/04/2012 at 00:19
Kafeeg you make me laugh!
17/04/2012 at 08:43

Bump!

Anymore words of wisdom for the trembling masses?

17/04/2012 at 12:44

When i got to mile 20 last time i put it all behind me and looked on it as a 10k

from that point, plus talking with and hooking up with people really helps 

you move along, i still not sure how i did a 5:16 last time!!

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