Well 7 days to go. Doing some 8 milers this week. Seen many a good runner fall despite lots of training, so just keeping an open mind and will just enjoy it, whilst keeping a target loosly in my vision.
Last year i was crippled with back pain, last few miles. My theory is, i just have to run it, to beat my time, since i did a lot of walking last time.
I have never been a good, grab a cup, stop, drink kind of guy. Hence my pack, and I use the tablets in the water to restore electrolytes. We all have our ways. 8.15 pace out of my league. All you need is a pace of 8.9. That's what I am going to do. Its a tough beast, and I am not going to under estimate it.
I used to be a half marathon distance runner, so usually it would be a case of looking at the running guide and planning my races out. With Marathons its different. Training is longer, but I have got two planned. I try and be spontaneous, but some of the races fill up quickly, so often you have to plan months in advance. I am actually looking at next years races now.
I'm aiming for under 4 hours. Last year i aimed for 3.45, having done the tough Sussex Marathon in 3.55 i thought i could do this one quicker, but it proved otherwise, hence sub 4 is my aim. I would use Off-Roads shoes personally Mark, since there is a lot of uneven ground, and you cross the odd sty. Its personal choice though. I am taking a camelbak with me, and will be wearing bright green singlet, and shorts, plus i have tattoos both arms, so look out for me.
I did this race last year, and it is something that i am very proud to say i have done, and i am coming back this year, having trained harder, hoping for a sub 4 hr race, having been 4 minutes over last year.
It is only two weeks away, and i am thinking about it a lot. Just cant wait to get out there, and do it.
Very well organised and i still have the t shirt, and mug from last year.
It is not an easy race, some really bad hills, but it adds to the challenge, and the pub is just round the corner when you finish ha ha...