can you move me to the 'also running' group TRex as yet again plans to get my speed back didn't happen this year. And I'm tempted to say add Mr Panad to the 3:57 with you and FR - he doesn't think he'll manage it, but I think IF he's sensible at the start he'll manage it.
A lot of us on here have done this as our first marathon, so you're definitely not alone, and the fact that we keep coming back tells you all you need to know about the fantastic course!
From my limited opinion I'd say you will be absolutely fine, make sure you take it (very?) easy up to Pen-y-Pass and then steadily down to Beddgelert. From halfway to Waunfawr is the bit I always find hardest as the crowds are a bit more intermittent and it's a bit of a long, slow drag, so just keep yourself going. From Waunfawr over Bwlch-y-Groes is hard for everyone, and most people walk some of it at least, but once you are at the top it's downhill all the way
I'd say the mileage you've got up to is a good basis for a good race, forget about the hill at the end, just concentrate on getting there, walk as much of it as you have to then enjoy the descent into Llanberis.
As it's your first marathon it'll be a pb whatever happens, and given you're running in memory of one your best friends it's going to be emotional enough, so just enjoy it!
No, no double brutal for me next year TRex. In fact over the summer I made the decision that I'm not entering anymore races after this year's SNOD until I've got myself into a position that I'm happy with with regard to training. Partly to do with family stuff and partly work, but fitting training in for all of the events I have done this year has been a struggle and has then turned it into a chore, which I have not enjoyed. So I am cutting it right back in an attempt to enjoy it again. I may not get any faster, and that isn't a major concern, but at the moment I'm getting slower, feeling worse and just generally resenting it, which given one of the reasons I run is to have a bit of 'me time' and stress relief seems a bit silly.
So the plan is post-SNOD I'm going to drop my running back completely, probably follow some kind of 5K plan, that will easily fit into life as it is at the moment. Hopefully the enjoyment will come back and so will, in time, some of the longer distance stuff.
I am so glad I carried on and finished, but am not at all sure it was sensible or safe that I did. Given the lack of training I did I'm very happy with how it went. You'll notice I've barely mentioned the weather, for once it was perfect - I even noticed a bit of sunburn when I got home. Whilst waiting the 10-15mins for mr Panad I stood and chatted with a dad who was waiting for his son to come round to complete another lap of the bike course, a triple competitor: 7.1miles swim, 350miles bike followed by 3 marathons. Now that would be crazy......