Am glad I stumbled on this thread, even though it goes back a long way, feeling really fed up after yet another race ruined by tummy troubles and it's helpful to know I'm not the only one!! I've tried all sorts but can't seem to sort it out, have been recently diagnosed with IBS, but my doctor just said rather unsympathetically to live with it! Will be interested to try the aloe juice and see if that helps!
I did it 2 years ago as my first marathon, and loved it. I've done it again since, though a couple of years back and I think the course has changed slightly, however I imagine it's not that different. The scenery is lovely, it's not flat, but it's not mountainous either. There are some quiet parts but I seem to rememeber it being fairly well supported. I would definitely recommend it!
Have been lurking about this thread for a while, and there are so many thoughts and feelings which I empathise with and it's good to know that I am not the only one who feels this way! I feel very up and down at the moment, today is a good day, but the low and angry days are quite bad just now, and seem to come so suddenly.
It's great that there is a place where people can be open and honest and share their experiences.
Shenz, I can really identify with you, it was my mum who also dragged me to the doctors, and even now a couple of years on I still find it hard to accept that I have depression, though I hope that I do have some control over it now rather than vice versa!
My running has really helped me - sometimes I honestly feel like it has saved my life, but it's not always about distances or times, sometimes it's just getting out there. 2 years ago I was in a similar position to you with London approaching, and in the end I just decided to pull out, and it was like a weight off my shoulders. There will be other marathons, but your health is more important.