Well done to everyone who took part especially to those who did the full - must have been tough after such a hilly start. I too thought the organisation and crowds were excellent although some of the mile markers were rather inconspicious - several people were looking around after 2 and 3 having missed them. I think one may have been right in the middle of a drink station. I started running 3 months ago with the long term goal of running aa marathon. This was my first race and I was reasonably happy with 1.29.32 although my pacing was all over the place from 6.25 for mile 1 to 7.05 around mile 8. However this has given me the confidence to move on up and I will be investing in a lap split watch to avoid the mental arithmatic.
Cheers for the advice. I think I'm going to go for it although I'm gutted that I didn't save up for an S series Polar HRM as I recently bought a POlar M22. SO now I'm going to have to chose between laps or Hr (or wear two watches) when I could have had it all rolled into one for the same price.
I'm sorry but I think I did not express myself clearly when I said 'cushioning'. I have a decent pair of trainers from a specialist running store and they cushion just fine but these nike socks are so thin that they're actually wearing through after just a couple of months.
I'm a new runner and I'm starting to get a little more serious. I read that it was important to use non-cotton wicking socks for longer distances so bought some Nike ones because they were cheap. However they don't provide enough cushioning and I'm planning to up my mileage to 40-50/week so I was hoping somone could recommend some good socks. I guess trial and error would be the way to find what's best for me but as a poor student this is out of the question.