Grinch - coloured maps afterwards make it so much more satisfying
Millsy - I have that as well but it's only useful for pacing on marked courses otherwise I don't know how far I've gone. On the plus side it's waterproof which is just as well seeing as I live in Wales!
Flob - Price has to be save up for one with enough battery life or not bother, unfortunately
Emmy - great I will have a look at those Garmin models, thank you. Battery life is not the problem with my phone (as long as the screen's off most of the time), I was pleasantly surprised how much was left after my marathon. The phone battery would get me through 50k (but not 100k) but if they ban headphones I'd lose the average pacing info as it doesn't appear on screen.
I've found a review of the Garmin 110 that says it last up to eight hours so I'm going to look into that further as well as there's a womens version and I have tiny wrists. I'm sure when I looked at that before it said 4-6 hours though, does anyone know if they have improved it or if the more recent 8 hour review overly optimistic?
I currently run with the Nike+ app on my phone, which is very handy for pacing but only gives you your average pace per mile etc by audio not on screen so you have to run with headphones. As some races are banning headphones now it is time for me to buy a sports watch. Many of the cheaper models don't do anything more than my app, and some do less. I've got a marathon in April and a 50k in September which I've got seven hours to do. Can anyone recommend a sports watch with long enough battery life please? I am having mad thoughts about doing a 100k the year after so the longer the better.
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!