Hi guys. Haven't posted for a few weeks, been keeping my head down while getting the miles in, but been checking all the posts and taking the advice in. Can't believe its nearly here now folks.
Don't like the idea of 24 degrees either. Must get the job done before it gets too hot in the afternoon because when I sweat too much I start cramping - I think its to do with the salt I lose.
Ran Reading half in 1 45 last Sunday (didn't go hell for leather) which is not my pb - but I was pleased with it.
Look forward to seeing you all before the race for a photo and a good luck shake of the hands. I'll be the old one with grey hair!! And after for a few sherbets hopefully. I'll have the boss with me but she can outdrink most!!
On the gel front, I never consider having the first one until about mile 10. Should I be taking it earlier to reap the benefits? And are the caffeine ones any better at refueling the system than the normal ones? Confused.com!
I was thinking the same regarding the standard of runners on here - it really is incredibly high. So many sub three-ers... the stuff of dreams.
Still, if we do have a meet up afterwards there's no chance of me getting there first to buy the first round!
I gave the no gels experiment a go on Sunday during a wet and windy 21 mile run.
It was a different course to normal as I avoided the country lanes due to all the flooding. The last half of the run was considerably hilly, mostly up, and the rain was lashing down.
I went from coasting at around 16-17 miles to totally exhausted at 20-21. I don't know if that had any relation to not taking gels and burning fat etc. The last mile was hell and my pace slowed right down. It was worth trying though but I think I will revert back to gels when I do my final two 22s.
I actually feasted on an unplanned picnic during the last three miles at Portsmouth just before Christmas.
I went off far too fast in really strength-sapping conditions and ran totally out of gas by mile 23.
I started fumbling about in my pockets to find some fodder to cheer me up. I had a bag of jelly babies in a food bag in one pocket and a few pretzels in the other.
Might go for the tapas option in Barcelona!
As for gels I normally take three during a marathon and a couple during a long training run. Maybe I might take Wenty's advice and try to run without them this weekend, as I know my system can handle them.
Twenty miler from me as well. After the big debate about pacing last week, I set out with one thought on my mind ... to do a negative split.
What I didn't plan was that the second half of the route I had chosen was much hillier than the first. Talk about Baldrick and his cunning plans. What a plank.
Ran 8.56 for the first ten and 8.58 for the second ten. FAILED ... but finished quite comfortable. Still hoping to break 3 50 on the big day. Don't think having three pints on Saturday helped much. Cutting out alcohol now for a few weeks.