I really like the way its written too, really casual and despite having the title of 'ADVANCED marathoning' everything is explained and simplified in a way that's easy to understand. And as I say, the principals can be applied to everything from 5K up to the marathon
Thanks DonkDonk, very informative and just what we're after, any other advice/tips you can offer on the practicalities of the day (which seem as challenging as the running itself?!) would be greatly appreciated......
Anyone have an idea of how the course compares in difficulty to Boston?
Can any previous participants shed any light on the baggage situation?
My original plan was for the Mrs to bring me some warm clothes after the race so I wouldnt have to check a bag, obviously that's changed now that she's running too. I understand the bag option entails about 30 mins extra walking, yet as we'll be around a hour apart in finishing times, and she'll start later, the walk would probably do me good.
Therefore, the NEW plan was that I WAS going to check a bag, take some stuff for her too, and she was just going for the poncho option.
However, after researching the two options, the general consensus seems to be that the bag-check is a very BAD option as A) you have to be at the start earlier to check it in, B) It's tiny and you can barely fit anything in it, and C) there's no guarantee (!) that it'll actually be there at the end....!
I'd just go with the poncho option for both of us but am weary that I'll be waiting around for her for some time at the Finish, and I'm keen to avoid a repeat of Boston last year with the monsoon, wind and low temperatures. Despite being back in the hotel within 10 mins of finishing, and getting a mylar blanket, I got a hefty viral infection which took me six months to shift!
Just worried the weather could be the same (it is NYC in November after all) and we end up out in the cold for hours after. Folk on the US Runners World site have suggested meeting back at the apartment (which is near Times Sq) but I'd like to be near the Finish for her and don't really want her wandering the streets alone, after 26miles!