Just back from doing the relay. Very impressed with the organisation and the course is very good, although I only ran 7 miles of it today. After running London ir seemed strange to be running on my own after the first mile, but there was always someone just ahead to (try to) chase. We had a runner from our club doing his first ever marathon, and it was a good choice. I second the "Well done Trotters"!
Hi, Wife (Lin C) and I are seriously considering this race which is a step up from the longest we have done before, but from reading this forum, I'm sure we would be OK with the right training through the summer. Does anybody know how soon the race fills up? We don't want to enter too far ahead, having done so 4 years ago and ending up having to pull out and lose our entry fees due to injury. We were really disappointed, because it looks like an awesome event!
Bronn, if you are going to decide whether to enter in the run up to the Croydon 50k, I assume that means it is not going to be full until June or July at the earliest?
Running even splits or negative splits is easy - as long as you run a fair bit slower than your best for the distance! Doing so when you are going for a personal best is a lot more difficult, and requires a combination of experience, patience, and guts, because the effort required to run an even paced marathon ranges from almost none at the start(in fact you have to hold yourself back it feels so easy) to hard by around 16 miles, to bust-a-gut tough over the last 2 or 3 miles. Its much much easier to just run at even effort which results in a steady decrease in speed, and even a drastic decrease in speed if you go off much too fast. If you practice doing your long runs at only 10% slower than target pace, you'll find that the last 2 or 3 miles of the training runs is really hard, but you just manage to hang on to the pace, and that's exactly what you you want to build up the experience necessary to run even paced marathons. I was a bit disappointed in my splits yesterday 1:29:20 and 1:30:18, I was trying for a slight negative split. Probably means that I was slightly over optimistic with my pace selection. If I had run the first half in 1:30 I would probably have been able to run the second in 1:29