I followed this roughly for my first marathon and thought it was great so it's interesting to hear other people's experiences. I found three runs a week ideal as I do other sports so I didn't have to cut back on them as much as I would have to fit in some of the other plans because they counted as cross training.
For my next marathon I think I'll do this but spread out over more than 16 weeks to make sure I get all the runs in as I didn't feel I had enough time to recover between sessions - it'll be spread over about 22 weeks if I start this weekend but I know I'll be missing a week in January. I'll be doing more cross training than it says as I found after that last marathon that my upper body strength was rubbish as I'd neglected it too much. Not good as my friend wants us to do Tough Mudder!
Fab times everyone! I am impressed and would like to be nearer to you in future marathons. I got back in 05:02 in the end, I'm so pleased to have done a marathon that I don't care about missing five hours although I might have made it if the 24 marker was in the right place as I wouldn't have stopped at the last toilets. I walked some of every mile after 15 so I'm hopeful of knocking some time off in future (as opposed to my half marathon PB where I think I've peaked).
RK I thought the photos were really expensive as well, I'll stick with the one my other half took of me after the finish.
I'm a big fan of running with music but I don't have it loud enough so I don't know what's going on around me (or perhaps I'm too embarrassed by the thought people can hear what I'm listening to). I also have the Nike+ running app which talks to me about my average pace, very useful. May invest in a garmin before the next one if they ban headphones, good excuse as I've wanted one for years.
Anyone entering next year...? It clashes with the Cardiff Half again so need to have a think.
Congratulations everyone! Fab times! Hope you are all happy. I enjoyed it and thought the support was fab.
Chris I agree with you about the 24 mile marker, same with 25 it was a bit early then I saw the spray paint on the road for it later. Meant I got back in about 05:02 not sub 5 but never mind Was sick this morning so pleased to actually make it to the start and had to skip the jelly babies.
I am missing from the results on the tdl website - it's the only marathon I've done and it's like I was never there The althlete tracker service worked perfectly though so I know there was nothing wrong with my chip... Hopefully they'll put me back.
Good luck to everyone running tomorrow!
Good conditions by the sound of it.
The whole corridor in the Premier Inn smells like Deep Heat, haha.
wrexhamrob I may be with you in the later stages, going to go off a bit quicker though so I can reward myself with some walking and stretching breaks later on.
Looking forward to seeing how everyone from here does...