I will be there on the start for my 3rd London Marathon. About to head off to London.
Just to let you know, I have launched a unique new running website, its aim is to be an online community, like Runnersworld, but with a unique difference.
The site has a Forum, so head on over and register. The site has its own Wiki, like Wikipedia, but its purpose is to be an database of all things running.
Finally the main site is going to feature news, stories, tips etc, however the difference is you can register and request to be given Author status, this means you can create your own news item, story, article what ever it may be, but online, like the way a forum works. When you are happy with the item you can then submit it for approval. If its accepted it will be published live to the site.
Im initially looking for a small team of authors between 5 and 10 people, and its not important what experience you have or what your grammar is like, I just would like a team of runners with an interest in the sport, so even if you are a newbie runner or a long time runner it doesn't matter, its the passion and interest in the sport, and the desire to write that im after. Unfortunately at this stage I can't pay anyone, the site is operated at my expense as Its a passion of mine, but who knows where it will go.
If you are interested email me initially at email@example.com with your subjects as "I would like to be an Author", just let me know a little about yourself and your running.
Im also looking for a team of 5-10 people who would moderate the forums for me, again email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject "I would like to be a moderator" Tell me a little about yourself.
I will try and reply to emails within 7 Days but from Sunday.
Finally the Site is: http://www.ukmarathon.com
a direct link to the forum is http://www.ukmarathon.com/therun
Thank You and goodluck for Sunday.
ps I will be running with the website URL printed on my back.
Since I have an iPhone, I will be taking it with me, and running with it, but whether I use it as an iPod? I don't know. Half of my training at the moment is on my treadmill with the TV on for entertainment, but because I focus so intensely on the run, I forget about the TV.
I have tried to run with the iPhone in iPod mode a few times, and it did help, i found that high tempo songs made me work harder, however for safeties sake, I don't have the volume on that high.
I have done the London Marathon twice before, and neither time did I take an iPod or MP3 player, however there were times during the run that I needed motivation and lost focus, whilst the crowd are generally very good, sometimes they can be equally off-putting and annoying, having some music to listen to could have helped.
As a rule, the crowd are amazing and the atmosphere fantastic. But stick with what you are used too.
I have done this half twice now. Its definitely scenic, but can be cold.
Its a challenging enough course with lots of long climbs, but an equal number of long descends LOL.
It makes a great pre-london event.
Traffic can be a problem, so get there early, there are plenty of fields made available for parking, so thats not an issue, and of course there is (if its still there) the New Balance Store a few mile down the road.
Running 26 Mile isn't easy and for a lot of people running a Marathon for the first time having an iPod during training helps them keep motivated and pound the streets day after day, listening to music can keep you focused.
It would be foolish and difficult to assume that leaving the iPod behind on race day is an OK thing to do. If you have trained with an iPod then take it with you.