Hi there, having run lots of marathons (and Loch Ness twice) I usually break down my mileage to fit it into my day by running part of it in the morning and part after work.
I would suggest that you try a 'run walk run' pace on race day. I have done this for the last few years and my best time for this is (I think) a respectable 4 hours 15 mins. I run for a mile and walk for a minute usually up to 22-23 miles and it leaves you feeling good enough to run a good pace for the last few miles. It also amazes people that you pass in the last couple of miles when you skip past looking fresh. I also find it helps you to recover quicker.
P.S. A small story to amuse- at last years Loch Ness me and my husband went down early to pick up our numbers and it had only just opened. There were only a few people there and we ended up sitting down at the past party on the next table to a man from Ethiopia and after chatting for a while asked the usual 'what time are you looking for?' . He answered 2 hours 20! It turned out to be Tomas Abyu and he won the race the next day in 2 hours 20 mins 50 secs!! Wish I had got my photo taken with him now!!
Having just found out that the Muller have ditched the 10km, this is great news. I hope muller are prepared for the backlash. My husband and I are in the forces and are going to be organising a team to take part. We will look forward to seeing the new entry form.
Dear Plodding Lady, The achievement in my book is completing 26.2 miles, be it running, walking or crawling. I have completed 9 marathons and have run/walked in all of them. What works for me is I run for a mile and walk for a minute from the first mile. By saving my energy early on by the time I get to mile 17 I am then able to run the rest of the way which means I have a quicker second half and its much less painful! I have a PB of 4 hours 15 mins with this method and am aiming to break 4 hours next year.
My main message is just do what feels right for you and don't care about what others think. When I stop and walk at mile one I get passed by lots of people and often get negative comments but I focus on myself and my pace and often pass the same people at 20 odd miles.
Was out yesterday morning at silly o'clock and have resorted to the colder weather trick of going to bed in my running kit so it's not such a shock to the system in the morning. Luckily hubby is on nights just now so no complaints from him!!!!
Ran round an airfield and was very foggy, no wildlife to report apart from someone walking their dog. Scared me half to death, wondered what the hell it was coming out of the fog towards me (had been to see The Hole in 3D the night before and was a bit jumpy!). Dog even had a flashing red collar on, spooky! The gloves were on but not the helly hansen winter long sleeves yet. Love the early mornings!!
It's nice to know i'm not the only early morning nutter! I've always been a morning person and it makes me feel better for the rest of the day. It is definitely easier in the summer but the crisp cold mornings are grrrreat! Picture me at 4.00am dressed in my running kit huddled on the bottom step on the stairs clutching a hot extra strong coffee which i'm trying to ingest as quickly as possible before I force myself out the door into the icy morning.
Even though my husband/colleagues/friends/cats etc think i'm barmy, early mornings are the best!