SS - will be in for a meal in the early evening (and tea/coffee in the afternoon); like Chimney am easy although Mrs RJ probably won't eat nearly as much as me!!! I'll grab an early coffee on Saturday morning too.
LB - personal observations from me on the course and Mrs RJ at various points: spectators are usually best in one place as they can be guaranteed to bag a good spot, but the roads are open from just after Pen-y-Gwryd and some spectators try to follow their runners through the second half of the race after Beddgelert where there is generally less traffic and there are more lay-bys to use. If you do suggest that, please ask the car driver(s) to be tolerant of the runners - we tend to wander all over the road, which we shouldn't do as the road is open. Mrs RJ, on the other hand, prefers to jog up the PYG track from Pen-y-pass then down the Llanberis path before lunch, and then jog round the Lynn Padarn forest, do some Christmas shopping and be ready to stand on Llanberis High Street as I come lumbering along like a troll, unable to bend my legs after the descent from Bwlch-y-Groes. One word of warning from Mrs RJ if your spectators are planning on spending the day in Llanberis - if the weather is pants (which it has been more often than not) the cafes get REALLY busy!!
Brer - hope your lurgy clears up in time for the weekend.
FR - the main thing is to enjoy it, we've all been working towards this Saturday for months. I've just done my first hilly event since August, and whilst I finished nearly an hour faster than last year, I didn't add 4 more miles by getting lost . I'm definitely less fit that I had hoped, but only to be expected with the lack of race pace events over the last month. Sadly I'm resigning myself to a course worst on Saturday, but just getting round will be an achievement with a healing quad.
Me too, Brer - GT 1000 are good, although I have run 6 of my 7 previous SNODs in the same pair of GT 2000, and still have them (the upper fabric has worn through, but they're more comfy than slippers!), and switched to a newer pair of 1000 last year.
Walk/jog through the Surrey Hills planned for tomorrow.
Agreed PJL/FR - 2008 definitely the worst SNOD weather, but still a great marathon
#1447 for me - quite appropriate as SNOD should be my 44th marathon of the year and this will be my 7+1 SNOD
I take your points TRex & Chimney - I've been resting lots as well as working my way through two colds, probably courtesy of my daughter and her school chums, and my body trying to repair itself. No training except weekly yoga and my seemingly interminable physio exercises, into which I have thrown my effort wholehertedly in my attempt to get to the SNOD start line. There's still a small fibrous lump on the site of the repair, but it's diminishing in size every week now, and I'm definitely not training too hard or too fast - partly because that would involve training . It could explain why my aerobic fitness has fallen off somewhat over the last 4 weeks...
Thanks for the Pantri update SS - Mrs RJ and I will aim to pop in sometime on Friday afternoon/early evening, and I'll probably call in for a pre-race coffee when you open on Saturday morning (I think you said 8:30??)
Evening all. Sorry about the radio silence - been juggling daughter's crazy phased intro to primary school, work and other family stuff as well as nursing my torn quad. Followed physio's advice mainly - except for going out and shuffling a marathon or three. Managed #40 at Tolkien on 24th September (flat 27.6m in 6h05 - had to use walking poles like crutches), but that set my leg back two or three days (no surprise there really), then 10 days' rest to get a bit better. Having been told I could start easy jogging reps (90s jog, 90s walk), two days later tried it at the Flower of Suffolk, and got no negative feedback from the muscle, so carried on doing that for the entire event, so managed #41 in 5h22. The muscle felt no worse - in fact the range of movement in my knee improved post-event - although the rest of my thigh felt tired and sore due to lack of use in the previous 3 weeks. Raised the prospect of SNOD with the physio, and was advised that I ought to run an easy half marathon beforehand to make sure the muscle was strong enough, so ran #42 yesterday and managed to get to halfway in 1h57 - the furthest I'd run (as opposed to limping or shuffling) for 4 weeks, so all recovery goals achieved. I slowed down for the 2nd half, but managed to finish #42 in 4h07, so I'm hoping (with everything crossed and not pushing too hard) that I'm back on track.
TRex - SNOD will be #44 for the year (still won't commit to a listed finish time though )
Great to see everyone's getting ready for the main event. The House of Fun sounds like it will be the place to be . Anyone meeting up pre-race on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning? I've managed to bump into TRex walking from the bus stop to the start line a couple of times in the last 4 years, which has always set me up for the race...