Apologies for jumping in at the last minute. I'm also running on Sunday: 10th marathon but first time at Chester. Really looking forward to it (although of course I'm also nervous!). Looks like it's an event with great organisation and a great course. Relieved to read Wrexhambob's description of the last hill at Sandy Lane not being too long or dramatic. Was just wondering if you (or anyone else who knows the course) could share any more info about what the last 6 miles are like (this is the bit I really want to prepare myself for as aiming for a big pb if all goes to plan).
Agree with what has already been said about expecting to run significantly faster on race day than during training runs but certainly think you need to have a planned pace and stick to it for the first 18 - 20 miles (I have crashed and burned way too many times due to feeling great during the first half and suddenly deciding I can run a marathon much quicker than any of my preparation suggested I could!).
Good luck to all with surviving the rest of the taper madness.
I'll be running London this year as my 9th marathon, aiming for sub-3. In previous years, my training has gone well but then, off a 3 week gradual taper, I often get ill in the final week or two before the race. I'm wondering whether I should trial a steeper 2 week taper this year in order to reduce the time I have to get ill in?
Don't worry about all the niggles, heavy legs etc. Taper madness affects me every time and I've never had once had an issue with any of my suspected injuries on the day. I'm travelling tomorrow so just wanted to say Good Luck to everyone. Relax and enjoy it (well the first half anyway!). I'm aiming for 2:59 so will look out for Leebe, Millsy and Jamie Farmer and hope we can help each other out with the pacing for a while. Sooooo looking forward to that walk to the tea urn (swiftly followed by a few galsses of wine!) on Sunday afternoon!
Jamie - I think the lucozade has been in smaller 300mls bottles the last couple of years.
For carbo-loading, I normally just stick to my usual diet (it's probably pretty high carb anyway if you've been doing a lot of miles in training) and add in a couple of extra carb snacks. I'll have extra snacks on Friday so I don't feel the need to overdo it on Saturday (and risk feeling too bloated come Sunday). A bowl of cereal before bed on Saturday (with water as milk doesn't always agree with me) is enough for me to feel "topped up" but not too bloated to sleep.