Auntie Ninja-it's a lot I know, probably waste more energy carrying it than it'll ever give me, i might have to ditch some beforehand, I'm just hoping they have enough gels etc to go round at the stations, a pessimist is rarely disappointed.
As for what's next, already signed up to the Amsterdam Marathon on the 20th October, which should allow a few months off after Manchester. Was a pretty straightforward process with three nights in a four star hotel with flight for £250, bargain. Race entry was about £45 and no need for doctors certificates etc, it's also one of the flattest out there at 44m net climb, even flatter than Manchester, which helps. Plenty to do afterwards also.
Last training session tonight at East Cheshire/Tameside, usually 2 to 5 minute intervals over an hour but will be taking it very easy, just tick things over, then it's rest and carb gorge till the big day, v excited now after watching the London Marathon.
Might go for the long sleeve running top/shorts with bum bag combo on running day. Still scarred from last years epic weather but doubt i'll be need a running jacket.
In terms of gels/food during the race what are people's strategies. I'll be taking all my fluids from the stations but will bring my own gels, I 've got 5xcliff shots, one every 3 miles and have three SIS gels with caffeine that i might have at 16, 19 and 22. Also got some cliff shot blocks (like the old rowntrees jelly cubes) and dextrose sweets/tablets in reserve if things go awry.
Last jog out is 2 miles on Thursday around Clayton Vale, Good luck to everyone running, see you on the beech!
Good advice, thanks, always been wary of the need to taper since I did my first marathon as a complete newbie and thought it might be a good idea to do a heavy leg weights session with barbell squats etc 4 days before the big race, really, really, really bad idea.... as was running in what I didn't realise at the time were racing flats, you can imagine the pain The problem is you can think you are recovered after three to four days following on from a long run but the deeper impact of a recent long run might only begin to surface after 8 or 9 miles on race day and then it's too late, there's no turning back. Advice heeded, think it will be a much shorter morale boosting 14 miler, then a few short low intensity speed sessions over the next 12 days and a parkrun to keep the speed in the legs, hoping to get under 4 hours.