Thanks JimBob - I'll just have to be patient then!
I flew home after Boston this year, it was a surprisingly smooth experience despite a rough race so I will probably repeat for Chicago to save on hotel costs. Mind you, I didn't spend the afternoon in the pub which probably helped!
I see flights with BA for a Fri - Sun flight out and back are in the low £400s which seems good value.
Anyone heard re-guaranteed entry yet? My email reply said within 10 working days but it's been more than that since I entered. This will be my 5th major if I get in. Waiting for confirmation before looking into flights/accommodation - will probably do what I did for Boston, fly out 2 days prior and home the evening of the race.
Thanks guys; it was warm though not much different from London in April which I cruised around (was using it as a training run for EMF) and was only 4 minutes slower, amazing how 2 marathon experiences can be so different!! Mind you, I took a camelbak back with Electrolyte in that race and didn't for this one, perhaps that was also a factor to think about. My Heart Rate was a fair bit higher than usual which suggested pre-existing fatigue.
No matter how many marathons you do they still surprise (and challenge) you, you think you have worked out how to run them and then you have a bad one, and question how you ever did your PB! That's what makes them so tough but also addictive! I was also looking for the next marathon to do, but I have an Ultra in August so have to get through that first.
@Cbo - yes, enjoyed the city and also got engaged in the shadow of Arthur's Seat the evening of the marathon so the bad running experience soon become secondary!
Well done everyone; I'm one who was dissapointed and found it tough - legs gave way after 18 and had to resort to run/walk from 20-25, first time ever in this my 7th marathon! Managed to keep running for the last mile as the support picked up and did 3:44, 20 minutes outside my target, with a huge positive split! Can't put my figure on what went wrong, maybe too much sight-seeing the day before, but I think I have to put it down to a bad day on tired legs from many months of training. On a better day I can see the PB potential in that course but not sure I will be returning to Edinburgh.
Thought it was largely well organised apart from that crazy long walk to the shuttle bus. Very nice chunky medal and I do like the tech t-shirt. Goody bag was spot on, with not too much garbage to carry around with you.