I crossed the line at the end of my first marathon swearing I'd never do another. Have done three since, and am waiting to hear about a place for Berlin next year! Just accept the inevitability of it, and get signed up
Is there any possibility of building more of the training into your normal routine, so it doesn't take so much out of your free time? If you get an hour for lunch at work that's time enough to go and do 8-10km. Do you live close enough to your workplace to run into work or back? Obviously dependent on availability of showers at work, and distance, but might be an option.
Hi. I've just entered the ballot for next year's Berlin marathon. Does anyone have any info on what the odds are like for getting a place? I ran it in 2010 and as far as I recall it was first-come-first-served back then. When did they change to a ballot?
I was advised by one of the nurses at a donor session to stop giving blood while I was training for a marathon. These days I tend to schedule appointments shortly after events and avoid donating in the couple of months before. I think your body replaces the blood volume within a couple of days, but it can take 2-3 weeks to replace the oxygen-carrying red blood cells.