I would also like to thank the marshalls, who gave up their Saturday (and probably more) for us runners. As I was a long way down the pack, by the time we got to the loops the problems had been sorted and we had no trouble with directions. My sympathies go out to the faster people who were thwarted. I would just like to add that I found it odd that the finish was completely hidden by the tents/vehicles - by the time I got onto the football field I was walking, with nothing left mentally, but my experience of other races is that if you can see the finish, even half a mile away, you can make that final push. As I couldn't see the end until I'd got to the last edge of the field, I only started running again for the last 50 yards or so. I know it's a minor detail and the difference at my slow speed is negligible - and I shall know where it is next year! - but I'd be interested to know if anyone else had the same experience. Overall I enjoyed it very much and look forward to next year.
Hi, On the Rails. Will look out for you on the train as plan to be on same one, leaving Hackney Downs @ 08:18. Partner coming with me with bike so he can cycle parallel & turn up in various spots. Is not my first m'thon but am begining to feel extremely nervous - anyone else? GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! Hope you enjoy every minute.
Assuming you've already emailed everyone in your address book (including people at work - I have found some of the more senior managers to be extremely generous even if they don't know me that well), have you thought of asking a bunch of three or four friends/relatives to ask THEIR friends/relatives? My partner put it on his Facebook page for all his Facebook contacts, both business and pleasure, and I've been sponsored by several people I've never met, for which I'm very grateful. Good luck and I'm sure you'll make it.
Hello. I could really do with some advice in negotiating training schedules. I am a slow runner but I have a fair amount of stamina. My PB for a half-marathon is currently 2:07 and I am aiming for sub-4:30 at next year's London Marathon. My concern is this: all the marathon schedules seem to advise not very long, long runs, and a fairly conservative weekly mileage, certainly to start with. I regularly run (slowly, obviously) around 13-15 miles on a Sunday without much problem, just because I want to, and shorter, faster runs before work during the week. All the 16-week schedules I have seen recommend much shorter long runs (e.g. the RW Ultimate Schedule for sub-4:30 says only 6 miles in the first week). I am worried that if I follow a training schedule to the letter, I will lose the ability to run long and then I will stuff up the marathon. Should I add on the extra miles anyway to keep my stamina and momentum up? Or, by running fewer miles, will I actually recover better (I am over 50 but in good health) and therefore be able to run each session better? Any constructive advice really appreciated. (And sorry if someone has already asked this and been answered, and I missed it.)