Been a bit of an absentee from this thread over the summer. Can't believe it's nearly that time already. Just printed my startpass and booked my car in at the airport. Great North Run this weekend then tapper before Berlin.
Hope everyone's training has went well and we all have a good tapper before Berlin.
Still a bit too hot for me to get going properly. Had three 10k runs on a treadmill this week but since the gym has a pool I think it was more humid inside than it was outside. Hoping to have a long beach run in the morning as long as I can get going before it gets too hot. Don't think there is much likelihood of heat problems in Berlin during September. Hopefully my pink bits will settle down by then! 12 weeks tomorrow guys.
Moomkin When I did Berlin in 2011 it was about 20C. Although Patrick Makau did break the world record that day, Kenyans can handle the heat better than the Scots
Moomkin I went to the expo to pick up my number on the Saturday in 2012 straight after arriving and it was quite busy. I had to queue to get in as they were only letting so many in at a time on the basis of people leaving. Once your in the system for picking up your number is quite organised. In 2013 me and Iain Moore went early afternoon on the Friday and it was quite busy. According to the website the expo is open till 7pm on the Saturday, so depending on your arrival time this should give you plenty of time to collect your number. I'm flying from Scotland on the Thursday, so planning to either go on the Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.
Meadower Although I didn't get a great time at Edinburgh I took a lot of positives out of the race and where my fitness is sitting at this time. I was not well in April and I struggled with the training and fitness in the month leading up to the Marathon. From a psychological point of view it was in my head that I would really struggle during the later stages of the race, which I did, but a lot later than I expected. Was really happy with where I was at half way, 30KM and 20 Miles time wise. At mile 19 I thought I could push on and get a marginal PB only to be foiled by the Marathon once again just after Mile 20 when the wheels fell off. Struggled the last 10K but got in under the 4 hour mark, which I would have bit your arm off for at the start.
Agree with you about the course not being the best, although it is flat and definitely has the potential for a really good time you would think that they could use a more scenic route, something that even finishes in the heart of Edinburgh not the outskirts.
Moomkin I really enjoyed Edinburgh although the head wind on the way back (last 10K) wasn't ideal. Felt the organisation was really good this year, although this was my first Full-Marathon having done the half the last 5 years, where you had organised chaos with a lot of the slower runners in faster pens, which caused a bit of congestion during the first mile and a half.
Rest day from running today as I did 10 Miles last night. Hope everyone's trainings going well