+1 for the flat coke and electrolyte combo - I drank equal amounts of each throughout the Endure 50 mile race at the weekend. I also vary my food between caffeine energy gels and malt loaf, mini mars bars and mini milky way bars, plus the odd Cadbury Brunch Bar too. Although I stopped eating solid food at about 30 mile and relied on the flat coke to give me the sugars I needed, which worked well.
Hi sarahrunner, congratulations for entering yourself and your other half into Brighton for next year, and all the best for your training over the next year - it is one year to the day that we'll be toeing the line - in fact, one year from now I'll be in the car half way to Brighton!
A year to train for a marathon is definitely doable - it'll give you plenty of time to build up the mileage very slowly so your body can adapt. As a rule I normally start to get serious about my marathon training about 4 months before the event, but I've been running since '92 and my body kind of knows what to expect!
My advice would be to spend the next 7-8 months enjoying your running, gradually increasing the mileage whilst including the odd week of reduced mileage to give the body a rest, before following one of the training plans you can find either on Runner's World or in the 1000's of books there are out there on marathon running. I'd also advise including some races in your running so you and your other half can get used to running with a lot of other people around you - start with Parkruns and move up to a decent sized half marathon sometime later in the year.
Also, if you're not a member of a club you and your other half could join one - you'll find there's plenty of 'been there, done that' veterans of marathons that'll give you advice along the way!
Hope all goes well over the next 365 days of training!
Ah-ha! Good spot Toby3, thanks for that - just checked my split times, and found they stopped after 25k - unbelievably I didn't think to check the back of my number until now, and guess what - no chip!
Not that bothered really as I had my watch going from the time I crossed the line so I know my time, and I roughly know the time by their clock - they should be about the same but I stopped my watch for a couple of loo breaks! (Bit of cheating I know, but I always think that technically I wasn't running at that point! )