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

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17/04/2012 at 12:49

on the chaffing.........

 Lesson learn't in a training run, went out in a vest and camelback,

don't normally wear a vest running but thats what has been offered by teamPB

so out i go , took the tips of my nipples very sore and rubbed the skin of under

my arms close to my armpits .

So......  bought tape for my nipples, hypafix i think its called Physio's use it,

Vaseline for between legs and crack, and put it on your feet before you put on your socks

(twinskins) haven't had any probs since doing this..............

17/04/2012 at 12:56

Be prepared to not enjoy it

Be prepared for the pain

Be prepared to cross the line pulling a very silly holding back the tears sort of look.

17/04/2012 at 13:17

My only one was way back in 2004.

I did the 'what you are supposed to do' routine the night before - big mistake. As far as possible, treat the build up as just a normal long sunday run.

keep food, drink, routine as normal as possible. I ate too early on sat night - and ran out of energy!

17/04/2012 at 14:01

i wish id been told its addictive and you could become obsessed with it all

still, there one thing came out of it all

it changed my lifestyle for the better

i dont reget anything

17/04/2012 at 14:09
Mick "Je ne regret rien!"
17/04/2012 at 14:14
pardon ?
17/04/2012 at 15:59
Moi non plus
17/04/2012 at 19:53
Whoops - bad spelling doesn't help, should of course be "Non, je ne regrette rien"! (Edith Piaff)
23/04/2012 at 23:09
... that four years later this thread would still be going! great to see all the useful stuff people are putting.

2(.5) marathons later I can now add: I wish I'd known it would be ok to defer if you feel ill. Having dropped out of Brighton 2010 halfway with stomach problems I'd been having for a couple of days (turned out to be a big ball of stomach acid, I got a telling off from St. Johns) - I really should have just deferred, I was ill for days afterwards and running had made it worse. Brighton 2011 was so much sweeter as a result of conquering the demons from the year before.
Edited: 23/04/2012 at 23:10
24/04/2012 at 07:17
I wish I'd known that I should have taken more notice of some of the posts on here. Don't weave in and out to try and pass people in the first 20 miles, the last 6.2 miles really is the second half of the race and some rhinos run fast so don't worry if they run past you ... you may even pass them later when they decide to have a pee in the middle of the road!
Edited: 24/04/2012 at 07:17
31/07/2012 at 13:06

Well I've entered an October one now and am sat here thinking I've run very little.

I suffer from nervous guts before most races and had half a litre of chocolate milk before my last marathon.  Probably does not sound much but it did have the effect of me not having to totally evacuate my guts before hand! I think this left me in a good position of not being dehydrated or free of all salts for the race.

I did so many things I should not have done before the last one I now feel more worried about this one!

Better get my trainers on! I have a 'definitely walked some of it' time to beat!

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