Thanks Ty. I am in taper mode now, lots of 'phnatom' aches and pains. Next Sat is the big day. Will be able to chack the weather soon!!
looking forward to my first Marathon, should be a good un! apparantley nearly 3000ft of total ascent? didn't realise tapering should be done for 3wks before just started on weds I suppose a week and a half is better than nothing. First time I've actually prepared properly for a race going to try and carb load next week and maybe even not have a couple of beers the night before
hahah. I havent had a beer for nearly 16 weeks! Tapering can be argued good and bad so like you said a week and a bit is better than nothing. We will get round it, and if i dont finish the medic will carry me. 8 days and counting
is the 16 weeks because of the marathon? if so that's some commitment! I think I've only ever done one race without a couple of beers the night before and didn't notice any difference. what sort of time are you looking at doing? I'm hoping for sub 3.10 I've even decided to wear my old garmin 210 to keep an eye on my average pace. I gave up wearing watches etc for races a few years back, but a bit concerned I might go off too quick on this mara especially with the halfers going off at the same time.
Land in UK from Dubai on Thursday. My training has been running in the desert in 40c+ temps all summer. Not too many hills over here but sand dunes are quite tough up and down. See you all on Saturday, I'll be the one in loads of jumper even if its sunny
I hope i am going to be there now. I went for my last 'long run' on Saturday. 10 miles was the plan. Got to mile3 and had severe pain in my left foot on the outer edge. Hard to walk at the moment and dont think i am going to be fit. Totally gutted. My friends and family dont really understand how much bad news this is. Docs tonight and i will hear the music, whether its good or bad, i will let you know.
Fingers crossed Ryan, it's amazing what anti infllammatories can do in a few days. diclofenac and naproxen seem to be my weapon of choice nowadays. I very rarely take them though they seem to work better because of this when needed.
Ligament sprain. That is what the doc said. I am RICE and going to tape it up. I will prob be running now i think. Come on Saturday!!
I will be wearing my Garmin but only to log the stats, not to pace myself. Even after reading all the above comments, i'm looking forward to it, getting close, getting nervous now... which is a good thing i think!
Beer garden sounds good. Early weather forecast is for a cloudy day, not sure about winds. Anything between 4:15 and 4:30 will do for me.
bbc weather looking near perfect at the moment, 12c part cloudy 8mph winds.
I'm starting carb loading today, mountain of food to get through
Yip - I'll be happy with under 4:30 (even by a minute) too.
Getting excited/nervous now - kit's packed and the black cloud has moved off the forecast - 13 degrees - 14mph SW wind when I last looked. That'll do me nicely.
See you there folks!
Still in limbo with this foot ligament strain. Taking anti-infmas and RICE. I am trying everything i can to get there. I will be happy to finish considering in the last 5 days i have sustained and injury and full on cold from the kids after they have gone back to school. Fingers crossed.
I have already emailed them about this. They both start at 12 was the response. !! I would email them to make sure yourself but thats what i was told.
wow what a day, my foot gave up at 7 miles, it was a battle with my mind and foot for the other 19 miles. finished in 4hr 58min which considering injury and illness, I am happy. Such a good event. Hope everyone else did well.
Ryan Well done for finishing - that sounds like an epic! I had a fabulous day - not my fastest (4:26) but definitely one of my favourite runs of all time. Really glad I paced myself conservatively. Anyone else have the perception that yes - there are 2 big hills but overall the course is mostly downhill?
Here's a little momento for you all:
Yip I hobbled half way up the first hill this morning to take this!
well done ryan and sleepy
lovely day for it
I got round in 4hrs 7- those last few miles were tortuous though....nice momento of that running shoe embossed paper weight thingy...now proudly sitting on top of the telly
Good run cumberland! Am glad I'm not the only one that loves the shiny shoe! Was a truly lovely day wasn't it - we couldn't have asked for better!
Recover well all - I'm definitely in hobble mode now!
I love the shoe too!! I though the course was really tough and hilly. I live in Cumbria so have expirience running hills and there where a few in this course. I will be returning, hopefully 100% fit and try and get a better time. Like i say this time round i just wanted to finish, had the taper from hell. What a buzz it was running through the finish!! Waiting for results and photos to go up on the website now.
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