I have just done my 1st marathon in Milton Keynes. I had a fantastic day, the support was great, course mildy undulating & scenery on the whole good. We finished in the mk dons stadium which was a nice touch!
Didn't get a great time (wheels fell off early due to heat) However the potential is there for a marathon beginner (like me) to get a very respectable time!
I wont be running in a ted costume, I would be a rather tall bear at 6 ft 4 " !
Think I will keep it as minimilist as the weather allows on the day. The marathon is daunting enough without lugging a bear around!! Thas not to say its an achievment running in a costume (we have a tough off road local new yrs race here - the Huncote Hash with a regular gorilla running every year!)
Camelbak arrived today, I'm very impressed. Just need to fill her up & do some gentle taper runs to get used to. Think key to it is liberal barrier cream on anywhere the rucksack contacts the skin!
I've ordered the camelbak rucksack. I will trial although I am tapering as its 2 weeks till race day. Nothing to stop me doing a 3 or 4 mile gentle jog to see how it feels. Cant be any worse than the lead weight feeling I was getting in the lower back using the waist hydration pack.
MK offers plenty of water stations but I like to have a small sip of water every mile, just something to look forward to I guess in the latter part of the marathon!