Hi Stan I remember it well you looked great. Mrs P is doing the Metric marathon, it will be her longest race since VLM in 2007.
I'm looking at 16 this weekend, maybe 18, then my first 20 with the training group the week after.
RE the minimal mileage thing, my mate at work (not "bloody nose" boss lol) did Manchester off a longest run of 15 miles. I certainly don't think it is the route to a pb, but I'd like to just take part and not blow up.
Been to the gp with the abdominal pain, it really has gone on for a long time now, since before london. He said it wasn't unknown for soft tissue injuries to take 2 years to heal!!
RR on Marathon talk this week they mentioned that the ten mile race will start after the mara.
there's a short hill at the start, a long shallow rise at about 14 and nother short sharp hill at 24, then it's downhill all the way. If you haven't already you might try some quarter mile hill reps to stiffen your resolve!
GNR is a nightmare to watch. It's linear, it's relatively short, it's horrendously congested both in the race and on the metro.
If your family are there to see you off, and they want to see you en route, or at the finish, they will have to take the metro. The queues are massive and the trains are the most tightly packed I've ever been on, like an old football crowd. Because of the wait, you may actually even be ahead of them in the first few miles.
Someone mentioned Heworth, it's probably the best bet, but the runners are coming past on all four lanes of a dual carriageway, unless you know where your family is you will be very lucky to see them.
How old are they? I'd think hard about taking under 5's, I honestly think this is one race that's harder for the spectators
I think you need to do one or the other. There is so much written and talked about carbs, energy, glycogen...I don't really understand it, I just decided not to bother with all the crap after listening to Bill Acocks when asked what he took in a marathon he said "It's a race not a picnic."
I feel better after a long run and I recover better over the day. Do I run as fast? I don't know, I'm in my fifties now and performance is bound to fall off more rapidly, but I honestly don't think that gels improved my times or my experience.
The fact that we talk about them so much on here, and people talk about using them in halfs and 10k's must have the marketing boys laughing all the way to the bank.