Back home again - still walking around with a big grin on my face,
Kenny - seriously well done on picking yourself up after a fall. Real strength of character.
I've been saying for the last few weeks that this is my 2nd and last marathon too. I'm holding to that for the moment but particularly seeing as I did a 12 min negative split, I've clearly got a lot more in me. But I have unfinished business with half marathons so perhaps I'll focus on that next year.
Berlin is a great race - flat and lots of atmosphere. If I was being picky, it was crowded, esp as I'm in the last pen and despite doing my best to keep to the blue line and avoid weaving, I still did 26.7 miles. Also, the drinks station were carnage. The volunteers were great and I didn't need to wait for drinks, but by the time I passed through, the roads was a mass of plastic cups. Glad it wasn't full of bottles instead.
Really glad I knew the finish was after the Brandenberg Gate, particularly as there was a mat there and my watch told me I'd finished.
I'm here too! Not sure that battling through the expo to get to the number pick up was the best prep - went to bed last night feeling like I'd walked miles. But really enjoyed all the German breads this morning. Good start to carb loading. I'll be on a bus tour later so will wave if I see you all.
ADG - blimey, you'll be squelching round with all that Vaseline. Reading this makes me realise there is one advantage to being a girl - sports bras save a lot of hassle and pain.. It's the way forward chaps!
And since losing some weight, I have a lot fewer problems with rubbing thighs...
Kenny - I was looking around for UK broadcasters, but didn't find anything. Although if a world record is set then maybe we'll be on the news instead
Surely the current weather forecast is too good to be true and I'm ok with wearing vest and shorts. For shorter races I don't need to worry about getting cold, but when I'm out for up to 5 hours, it is a concern.
Steven - don't feel stupid - I've entered a race twice before - oops. I now keep a spreadsheet of races.
Am tempted by the breakfast run as the idea of running into the Olympic Stadium is pretty cool. Depends what time I wake up.
During the race - Garmin on wrist. PowerBar chews (cannot do gels) in bum bag along with a couple of hair grips, safety pin and a Compeed for emergencies. Sunnies if needed. I'll use 'nanas and drinks on route as I've been using them in training.
Vaseline on eyebrows and the like beforehand.
And I have a old sweatshirt to chuck away at the start.