Crowd support is pretty amazing until the end of the out and back (c.18.5 miles), then it drops off a cliff for a couple of miles. The out and back to the power station is difficult due to the miles you'll already have completed, lack of support (although to be fair, it has improved over the years), and (for the majority of runners) you'll be seeing all those who've already made the turn at the power station on their way towards the finish. This is where it definitely becomes psychological. You'll need to focus on the finish, know that you've done the training and your legs WILL get you to the end.
J Swizzle/Mark D, thanks. It doesn't change my target time but has made me more positive that the sub-3 may be on if everything goes to plan on the day. I'll certainly have to be strict about sticking to 6:52 pace for the first half.
Worries certainly include:
- weather (wind moreso than the temp/rain)
- pre-start toilet (hoping there is an abundance of loos at the elite start this year)
- fuelling en route (both drink and food as I've never got it right)
- last 10km!
That's not the full list but I'm certainly more prepared for pre-race fuelling, getting to the start, resting up the night before...
So the lid only stayed on for a mile! Got a bit carried away and ended up running a PB, so my first sub 1:26 half. My legs actually feel a bit better today as my hamstrings aren't as tight as prior to the run.
This week I'll be fitting a few short (5 miles) runs around a busy work schedule and also try and get in a 10k at the weekend but need to fit that round a stag do.
I'm staying near Brighton station the night before the marathon and will get the train one stop to Preston Park on the Sunday then walk to the elite start. I did this last year and seems the best option in order to keep walking to a minimum.