My first marathon and I finished in a respectable 4hrs 55min. Had to push sooo hard for that sub-5!!
My knee started playing up around mile 5, so early on I do wonder if that hadn't happened whether I'd be nearer my goal of 4hrs 30min. Nevermind, I said all along as long as I got less than 5hrs I'd be happy!
Definitely up for doing it again. Things I'd change for next time:
Buy a Garmin/pace watch. I've never used one in training, but looking at my splits now, they were a bit weird (started slow then got progressively faster to a sprint finish!). Next time I will wear one so I know what pace I need to run at to get my goal time.
Start in a higher pen. I made the mistake of going to the toilet just before the start, so had to queue to get back into the starting pens, meaning I ended up fairly near the back of the runners.
Don't wear headphones. I felt like I needed to "zone out" and concentrate on running, but in hindsight I wish I'd not worn headphones and actually taken in the atmosphere a bit more.
Things I think I did right:
Water/Gels. No toilet stops needed yiippee! And I used 5 gels in the last half of the course. I think this gave me just the right amount of energy.
Enjoy my support. Everytime I saw a friend or family member who had come to support me, I stopped for a chat and a photo. I didnt want to get too hung up on time and miss those precious moments to high five people!
Save some steam for the end. Even though I was suffering a lot in the latter stages of the race, I seemed to find some inner power to sprint the last few miles home. I overtook almost 1,500 runners in the last 7.2k, and only 6 overtook me
Hi Austen. I have had this problem for years - the quad muscles/ITB tightening over the knee and pulling on it making it painful. I have found a method that works for me when running. I do a really thorough warmup - stretching, jogging, more stretching etc. I find once I am warm, the muscles are ok to hold up for the entire run without pulling on the knee. If I shoot off without warming up for at least 30mins that's when my knee tends to "go".
I'm running the marathon tomorrow and plan on jogging pretty slow for the first few of miles to ensure I warm up properly. It'll do me a world of good for being able to last the remaining 23 or so
I'm due to run the London Marathon next weekend (argh!) and I'm struggling with the taper - not sure whether I'm doing too little or too much!
I ran my last long run on 4th April (20 miles). It was really, really tough (I had run 20 miles the week before too) and my legs didn't feel like they had much in them. I also got a cold after this run and was sick for a few days, meaning I missed a couple of small midweek runs.
I started a three week taper and ran 14.5 miles last Sunday (legs felt better). I then ran 7 miles this Wednesday.
I was going to do 30min of sprints in the gym today and then another 7 miles on Sunday, followed by a light 5k jog next week.
Does that sound ok for a first timer? Should I bother with the sprints today (I have also got a sports massage booked for tonight!).
Just so hard knowing what to do... my body certainly doesn't feel in it's peak fitness, I feel like I should be doing more!
I really enjoyed the race yesterday. Thought running around the streets of Hackney was brilliant. I agree at the end those last 3 miles felt like 13 miles, and it was sooo hot with no shade, felt like I was running through a desert! I saw a lot of people fainting at that stage, going up and down those ramps really was tough. The sadist in me does like a challenge... maybe on a cooler day though!
I got water at every station when I needed it. I was late to the start so was already thirsty. Grabbed 2 pouches at mile 3 which lasted me to the next station. Grabbed a water and a Lucozade from mile 8 which lasted me til the end. I heard that the slower runners had hardly any water left at the stations, they definitely needed more in that case.
The goody bag was pretty crap to be honest. I've had much better bags from much smaller races. To not even get a race t-shirt was a bit sad, nothing to show off down the gym lol!!