Getting a bit nervous now! My dad just took me on a drive round the route and we saw a marshall putting out the mile markers ready! Brought it all home it's tomorrow!
(it's my first one you see!).
Say hi to me if you see me - turquoise long sleeve top or red waterproof jacket (depending on weather) looking panicked, probably stood with a lady spectator the spitting image of me but 30 years older, looking even more panicked (my poor mum!).
One of the reasons I chose this for my first marathon was because my parents live in Gloucester (mum's going to make me a lovely post race lunch!) so I'm going to leave my baggage with them. They said they'd try and stay to watch (although it doesn't look like a particularly hot spectator race!) but otherwise meet me at the finish with my stuff.
Anyway, if you trust a random runner you met on a forum with your belongings, I'm sure they'd be happy to look after more stuff for people. Get in touch if you need anything holding!
Thanks to Cass Chisholm for the link to the race info. I've not had anything through the post either!
No iPods!? I don't normally run with one but I'm hoping for just sub 4 hours so I have uploaded 2 films to listen to on the way round on my iPod now (I've seen them before so won't miss the pictures). Don't think I'm going to risk it. I'll look out for the people listed in the 4 hour group and try and drag myself along with you guys for moral support!
I'm currently attempting to do my weekly mileage on the snow, which is pretty hard work when my feet keep slipping out behind me. I've got some spikes to put on my shoes, which seem to keep my upright, but I have little traction and I've noticed my running style is changing to adapt to the conditions. I'm running my first marathon on the 24th, so I'm wondering if I'll get there and find it really easy once I have traction back between me and the road, or if I'll struggle because my form has changed? Would I be better doing some/all of my runs on a treadmill?
Also, if the snow hasn't gone in 2 weeks time, is it usual for organisers to clear a course of snow, or should I be practising ready to run the full thing on snow!? I'm doing the Gloucester marathon by the way.