Hello all! Been lurking on here for a bit, but I figured I should wave and say hello to everyone. I don't remember entering the ballot for London 2011, but I seem to have got a place, so now the training's begun! After a year off running altogether, I have quite a lot of catching up to do, but I hope to have a lovely day in the city on the 17th of April! The snow hasn't been great for training has it? I've had some hilarious cross country plods over the last week, but at least falling over in a snowdrift guarantees a soft landing! Not done many miles yet though, so hoping for an improvement in weather and mileage in January.
Glad i'm not the only one who's nervous about Tewkesbury tomorrow! I feel a complete fool, but I am in a bit of a tizz about it. Hope you and Phil have a good one and that the nerves spur you on to have a really good race. I live locally, and have just seen the weather forecast - it looks like it should be decent running weather, maybe even a bit of a breeze and some cloud. Fingers crossed! I'll wave hullo if I spot you both!
Oooh, good luck in Exmoor. One of my mates is doing it - he goes every year as it's such fun. Hope you have a good day. I'm doing the Tewkesbury Half on Sunday... all road, but at least it'll make me get some distance into my legs. I've been far too lazy this spring... suspect i'll be doing a lot of walking (er... enjoying the view!) at Garburn!
In case it helps... I ran this last year. It was my 5th marathon, but my first race in North America. I sorted my entry with 2:09 events (very slick and well organised) using their flight-and-entry option. It was an expensive way to do it, but did mean a guraranteed entry. I travelled out with three friends, and we had a brilliant week!
We arranged our own accommodation - at the Novotel on Broadway. It was good - staff were friendly and helpful, hotel clean and comfy, and good venue for exploring Manhattan. Plenty of good eateries int the area, including lots of Italian restaurants (woo... pasta!). One of our cohort stayed in the Sheraton... their foyer was much nicer than ours, but his actual room was tiny and more expensive.
I loved the actual race. It was the bit before that was a nightmare! You get allocated a bus to take you to the start - for all the Brits travelling with 2:09, the bus was at 4.00am... yes... four in the morning! We had to get up at 3am, and queue in the cold for the bus. The journey to the start was a breeze... but then we had to wait for *hours* in the freezing cold. There were a few tents, but they didn't have proper sides to them, so the draught was icy. Whilst tea and coffee was provided, there was no way to get yourself warm. I'm not a wuss, but I almost cried at one point... it was so cold. I talked to others later, who had travelled on the Staten Island Ferry. They'd had a much easier time - didn't have to get up so early, nor spend so long sat around in cold, damp field. I know there is the uncertainty of using public transport, but in retrospect I wish we'd done this as we were absolutely miserable before the race.
Once the actual race began it was *wonderful* and I had a great time. The crowds were fab... the route interesting and challenging (I found the long straights mentally.... interesting!). However the organisation before left so much to be desired that I wouldn't do it again.
Glad Hawkshead went well. I had *so* much fun there last year, it was brilliant!
Still unsure what shoes to wear. I've got several different pairs of trail and fell shoes, but all drill enormous holes in my odd-shaped-heels. I may end up sacrificing an old pair of road shoes and just lacing them really tight. All depends on the weather for the next few weeks.
Anyhoo, i'm really looking forward to it and can't wait to see the course. The pics fron last year look fab. Not long now!