Just come back from a steady 18-miler. Didn't meet a soul.
Unfortunately I was trying to be a bit clever and run through my town section of the towpath without the headtorch on. The result was a very nasty collision with one of those 3' high bollards they sometimes put in the middle of the path. Done something to the top of my foot - big toe joint and along first metatarsal. Only half a mile in. Managed to do the remaining 17.5 but very painful now.
You're about my size so, like me, you could probably do with dropping about 5kg or so!
Running as hard as that without any training is rather risky. I would find a good training plan for say four days a week with an emphasis on building up endurance. Speed will come later. You're very new to running. Build up slowly.
Llanelli is the most relaxed marathon event I've been to. You can park within 100m of the start line. A two-lap flat course with plenty of interest. I would highly recommend as a first marathon.
Stratford is good too, but I always find traffic to be bad and finding parking hard for this marathon. One of the best finish run-ins I know. There is the matter of the infamous Greenway to cope with, though.
I'll be doing both of these in 2015. If I can find another marathon in March, Stratford will then be my #100.
Regular long runs of 18-22 miles once a fortnight will keep you in marathon shape.
Thanks for the heads up, UDS. I did get your email address from Chimney and was about to email you. You did say ££ at the beginning of Sep, I think, which it will be tomorrow. I will remember the towel.
You haven't been running much then after your supreme efforts in 2013?
jason and others - OK, for potassium eat a banana or use lo-sodium salt (which is high in potassium). Don't meddle with my recipe.
LE - I would say that Devil O' The Highlands is harder than Highland Fling despite being 10 miles shorter. Just about the whole route is over splintered rocks or an 'improved' surface where the rocks are covered with horrible little sharp stones.