Never think about the whole thing! if you know the route, just think of it in sections with landmarks and just run each section at a time. if you dont know the route, eg in an unfamiliar race, do 5k at a time.
I agree with the others, 2 litres is an awful lot to drink.
Also, i would think that adding electrolyte tabs to sports drink is not the best of ideas,
the tablets are designed to be added to water to make an isotonic drink, ie one that is of the right concentration for your body to absorb quickly. if you change the concentration by adding to a sugary sports drink, presumably they are not going to work as well. (hence the cramps?)
what is the reason for drinking the sports drink? for energy or for electrolytes?
if for energy bear in mind i think you only need about 20 - 35g of carbs an hour ish thats about a third to half of a bottle of lucozade so you are drinking enough for 8 -12 hours! i would suggest using just the electrolyte tabs in water only for hydration (sip little and often) and then adding carbs in another form (eg gels, jelly babies etc)
in addition, remember that running slightly deydrated is not going to harm you as long as you hydrate afterwards properly.
Think our train is half past 1 ish on the Friday so not the same! I'll look out for you all on the day, but i am sure there will be little chance of spotting anyone given the amount of runners and especially because you'll all be way ahead of me!
It was a superb run from Malcs which should be a great confidence booster but some other great runs too.
Remember all runs now are while you are tired from training and not yet at peak fitness and so with more training behind you and you feel fresh and tapered and you have the stimilus of competition with lots of fellow runners and spectators to inspire you, there is really no comparison with a run by yourself the first week in March!
This is a huge help Steve as i have hit that point in training too, long runs, huge intensity, and very tired, leads to a lot of doubts! Looking forward to tapering.
Feral Bob, a friend of mine did the Green Man too, sounds like you all had a great time. congats on completing that!
Malcs, sounds like your interval sessions have been good. In this training schedule I am doing Yasso 800s, which i have not done in training before, and they have been tough but encouraging. I managed 10 of them in under my proposed time of 4:40 so hopeful i can pull off a sub 5 in Paris! Kick Ass is a great movie, love it! have you seen 2 yet? just as good. How is the calf now? Was it just pain or did it feel a bit 'nervy'? i have had a similar problem once with odd shooting pains through the calf and a feeling like it could stop working! it turned out to be my sciatec nerve being agravated by the piriformis muscle, so after a couple of weeks of piriformis stretches every day, it stopped happening. Do you know what time you are leaving St Pancreas? Just wondered if i would see any of you guys on the train? I am travelling with Anne-Marie and the Massey Crew so wont be lonely!
Been difficult to catch up on this thread! just spent ages reading back over the last 10 pages!