I'll be running London this year as my 9th marathon, aiming for sub-3. In previous years, my training has gone well but then, off a 3 week gradual taper, I often get ill in the final week or two before the race. I'm wondering whether I should trial a steeper 2 week taper this year in order to reduce the time I have to get ill in?
Don't worry about all the niggles, heavy legs etc. Taper madness affects me every time and I've never had once had an issue with any of my suspected injuries on the day. I'm travelling tomorrow so just wanted to say Good Luck to everyone. Relax and enjoy it (well the first half anyway!). I'm aiming for 2:59 so will look out for Leebe, Millsy and Jamie Farmer and hope we can help each other out with the pacing for a while. Sooooo looking forward to that walk to the tea urn (swiftly followed by a few galsses of wine!) on Sunday afternoon!
Jamie - I think the lucozade has been in smaller 300mls bottles the last couple of years.
For carbo-loading, I normally just stick to my usual diet (it's probably pretty high carb anyway if you've been doing a lot of miles in training) and add in a couple of extra carb snacks. I'll have extra snacks on Friday so I don't feel the need to overdo it on Saturday (and risk feeling too bloated come Sunday). A bowl of cereal before bed on Saturday (with water as milk doesn't always agree with me) is enough for me to feel "topped up" but not too bloated to sleep.
Enjoy some good rest and lots of sleeping this week. I'll be aiming for 2:59 (6:50 per mile first half, 6:45 per mile second). Happy to share some pacing with anyone aiming for soemthing similar. I'll be wearing a cherry and white "Beckenham Running Club" vest.
Re: carrying gels: I've never had too much trouble carrying them in my shorts pockets (Ronhill Aspiration Flexlite), but will alos be asking my supporters to hand me some too (easily done Abingdon as it's not too crowded).