Hi Jackie - thanks for your reply, and yes please! Where are you based and what's the best way to organise a handover? I'm in London, happy for you to post it and my friend to pay by cheque/bank transfer, or face-to-face trade if that's easier for you. Just let me know...
I've got a place for Hell Down South on Saturday 10th, but my muppet friend underestimated how popular it would be and left it too late to get a place. Is there anyone who has a place but, for whatever reason can't run? If so I would really appreciate you getting in touch - obviously my friend will refund the cost of the entry, and postage etc. Thanks very much!
What a relief (!) to find this thread and realise it's such a common affliction! It's never been a huge issue as my normal runs are only 4-5 miles and any tummy problems usually kick in after about 10 miles, but I'm training for a marathon now and it's starting to be a major worry.
The latter halves of some of my longer runs have revolved almost entirely around working out when the next potential pit-stop might be, and I really don't want the actual marathon to be dominated by my tummy! Am going to try leaving more time between eating and running (currently it's normally about 2 hours, with a banana just before I set off) and reducing the amount of fibre and fruit/veg I eat in the preceding 12 hours.
Failing that, I'm wondering about Lomotil, which I see a few people have mentioned. Not keen on drugs but might be worth it for the actual race. Anyone know if you can get it from your GP or does it specifically have to be a sports doctor? And also, what do people think about energy gels/bars during the race? I don't generally eat much refined sugar so wonder if refuelling with sugary stuff is contributing to the problem... but also need some kind of energy boost on anything over about 8-9 miles!
I've read a number of previous threads about this but can't seem to find a solution that works, so would really appreciate any suggestions. I thought I'd got all the key ingredients - a shiny new Garmin 305, a (rather less shiny or new) Mac laptop, and a marathon to start training for... but can't seem to get the RW training schedule in a format that my Mac will accept (
Every time I've tried, it's downloaded as a .wkt file which I'm then unable to even open or rename, let alone import into the Garmin training centre. Is there anything else I can try? I'm not even remotely tech-savvy, so any solutions also need to be pretty simple and easy to implement!
Am really keen to get this all sorted by Saturday latest, as that will be when the magic 16-week countdown begins...