Hi - I did run/walk last year, had two very long loo stops and finished in about 6.5 hours. I just wanted to finish - and did! The trucks were very much there still. I wasn't a runner then either, had only been going for about 5 months.
Just wanted to say Hi _ Hi DD, Soupy, Schmaggle, Mouse and anyone else lurking!!
Can't believe you're all doing it again!!! Have had knee injuries all year, seeing a physio, did get to go to Rome to do the half marathon there 3 weeks ago. Ended up walking the whole thing with an equally injured friend in 2.52 - we stormed! Not really a race to walk though, everyone seemed like elite runners (we were 4th from the end!!).
Lots and lots of luck to you all - have been looking slightly enviously at all the runners out lately and half wishing I was going for FLM again.........
Well, I did start using the gels straightaway on my long runs as well as lucozade, but by 15 miles it wasn't enough. Stashed bananas along my route on a couple of runs - they certainly seemed to help. You can only eat so many jelly babies.
Hi all - not running a marathon this year but just lurking - jassho - if you want to plot your runs go to fetcheveryone.com, training, routes (once you have registered) and you can plot your runs there. Ther eare plenty of other sites you can use too, but that one works for me.
Followed the Get you round programme last year and it did! Had a great time at FLM 2008. Good luck all.!
Ran FLM marathon last year from a zero fitness start late October, and never having run before. Was a great experience; have had some knee issues since. Am still running, am about to start training in earnest for half marathon in Rome (lucky me!). TIps for what they're worth: Don't OVERtrain. Stick to a rough 10 percent increase rule. The schedules do work, they're tried and tested. Stretch, stretch, stretch, even on non-running days. Do some core stability stuff (you don't need a gym or Pilates classes), your living room floor works fine too.
Last year I didn't do any speed work, was too frightened of the distance and just wanted to make it round - which I did. Have started doing some this time round and am in better shape now than when I ran FLM last year. Good luck all.
BTW, I agree with the comments about food after around 16 miles. It took me by surprise too.