Sean – moan all your like, after all you live in Yorkshire !
Nick – walking and beers are good for recovery ! Do you have the option of commuting by foot to work ? If so, this can be a good way of getting some miles in without it having too much impact on home life.
Rob – remind me of your fuelling strategy during a marathon. If you are going to go for it, and will be hanging on at the end, do you take on more gels towards the end of the race ?
Nell – great report and still an inspiration. Sounds like if you can get the extra S&C in that you might be able to go faster still so, yes, Mrs Nell is right !
PS – you won’t know until you try if it will end in tears ! I’m not being funny but you aren’t getting any younger (sod what your grandmother said !!) and, at some stage in the near future, the speed in your legs will disappear. When that day comes, will you look back and wish that you had really gone for it, just the once, to see how fast you might have been able to go ? I refer you back to your last long run on 9 April where you ran 20.1 @ 8:38; training runs like that would suggest you should be able to run a 3:30. The risks to adopting the 'just go for it' approach are obvious though…..
Sean – I agree with you re London. They should have 2 races, one for us ‘proper runners’ and another for those who are doing it for charity. To me, it doesn’t feel like what a marathon is really about anymore i.e. a race over 26.2. But, it is what it is and I too will put my name forward but I won’t be that bothered if I don’t get in.
PS – surely we had this conversation on Strava last week that you would be running at 3:37 pace ??
Robert – us blokes never have wise words when it comes to women, according to them anyway !! Rather than running your marathon evenly paced, have you considered going for a negative split instead ?
Steve - I did my first ultra last year, the St Cuthberts Way ultra of 47 miles and, to be honest, I didn't find it that much more difficult than running a marathon. Obviously you are out on the course so much longer but if you've done the training this really shouldn't be a problem. With the stops at aid stations and walking up the hills I found I still had plenty left in the tank when I had finished. I was also able to get back running a lot quicker of the ultra compared to the marathon. Regarding GPS, you could go for a watch rather than a GPS unit. They aren't as detailed as a GPS, basically you just follow a line on your watch screen, but they can be useful as a back up when you think you are lost. I also spent plenty of time pouring over the route on google maps and the like. Find some landmarks so you know you are on the right route. If you are crossing roads then go down to the street view on google so you recognise that point when you pass it. Re training, hills hills hills is the way forward. If you don't practise on hills, and your race is a hilly one, it could be a long, painful experience. As T-rex says, you need to really slow your pace down so you can save some energy for later in the race. Make sure you have the correct footwear for the terrain, with it being skiddaw you may well be better in fell shoes rather than trail shoes. If you can recce the route that will give you a good idea of what shoes will work best for you. Of course it will be tough but I don't think it's that big a step up from the marathon if you train well and plan correctly. And I'm pretty sure you will really enjoy it. Good luck