LJB - Many thanks for the steer - probably saved me from 'burning out'!! I'm still a bit nervous though that i've yet to run near 26 miles in training (19 being the longest) - be honest, am i going to suffer in the day?!!! On the energy question, i've tried running with a 1L camelbak with SiS PSP22 energy drink which has been quite good (and i've found Kellogs Ginger Bake bars good too!). This weekend, i'm going to try some 'hi five' energy drinks.
Gobi - Thanks also, two people concur -that's good enough for me!! The first half of the 19 miler was a slower - i was running with my wife who's doing the Stratford half and we tend to run a bit slower together. The second was probably a more realistic marathon pace (i did the 19 miles in 3:21). I managed the Leith Hill Half in 1:54 so i'm working on 1:40 ish for a road half thus giving me a realistic goal of sub 4 hours for the full (anything quicker is a bonus!!). However, I'm haven't really determined my own 'marathon pace', although i've been conscious about pacing myself early, 'running my own race' and trying to avoid the temptation to be swept along in the inevitable early sprint!
Thanks again for the advice, best of luck for the race.
I'd be grateful for some thoughts from some more experienced runners / marathoners reference training distances. This is my first so not looking for a spectacular time and training's going well (ish). I did a 19 miler last weekend - which was hard and i think i hit the 'wall' but didn't get over it by the time i got home! i'd planned to do a 22 miler this weekend so:
1. Is it normal to feel REALLY bad at the 19 mile point and does it get better?!
2. Should i be running such a distance so close to the race?
3. If not at 2 above, what realistically should my run distances be in the final couple of weeks (don't worry i won't be competing with the 'elites'!!!)
What an awesome day, really satisfying run for my 1st 1/2 Marathon; came in 1hr 54 mins so happy with that but must try harder next year!! The organisation was excellent, atmosphere friendly, views incredible and great goodies at the end too.
Many thanks to the marshals and all those on the feed stations - most welcome! Thanks to Dr Robert - really well organised. Will definitely do it again next year (when can we register?!)
Peter E, i'm glad there's someone else in the same boat!! My hill training has consisted of some arduous running along that well known hilly terrain that is a canal towpath!! I did the Rough and Tumble near Marlborough in Jan which was tough but fun so i'm hoping the Leith Hill is a tad easier!
This is my first 'proper' 1/2 marathon so a baptism of fire and am gearing up to do the Stratford Marathon in Apr 09.
However, this one does sound harder than a woodpecker's lips so we'll have to wait and see! Might just pass on the 'wife carry' though!!