Well I went into Halstead wanting a totally different experience from the 2 London marathons I've done - and I absolutely loved it! Scenery, organisation, marshalls, people in general, all fantastic; I also had no ipod (banned) and no garmin (flat!) so it really was a different day out for me! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute, even the hills which helped iron out a slight injury by not constantly plodding on flat surface - despite being happy to walk at the drinks stations I knocked an incredible 16 mins off London coming in at 4.24.10 (ish) - to say I'm over the moon is an understatement!!
Thanks to you guys on here for talking me into it, I'm so glad I listened to you & went for it - just sorry I didn't get to meet anyone here (as spent my time wisely staying warm in the changing rooms!) I did meet lots of other lovely people though
p.s the grassy hill at 25.5m was taking it a bit too far tho ....
WCD et al, I'm scared too! Keep having second thoughts, then I come on here & go all positive again. Still cant believe I'm going to run another 26.2m, dont feel like I could run 5m at the moment! Positive thoughts everyone!!!
WCD I'm with you, am thinking that with all this fitness - my last long run being 26.2 in London! - that another marathon would be nice to do. It's not that far from me either (I live in Chelmsford) and I think it'll be interesting to do a different marathon without all the razmataz & congestion etc. that you get in London. My legs feel fine, I feel slightly sluggish too but am hoping I can shake that off with adrenaline! And if I dont get a pb, or even decide to call it a day after 13m then it's still a pleasant run in the country & will give me a feel of going for it next year.
Thanks everyone, seems a really friendly race already - & we haven't even lined up yet! Stet, I feel the legs took a real pounding in London mainly through shifting left & right to get around people. I think that's why the cramps came on when I've never had that in 3 years of running. Like I say, recovered pretty well & have done a 2, a 4 & a 3m since. Am agreeing with you guys & will hopefully just do it, even if it's no pb it's still an achievement, and I do like a good medal!