Best of luck to you all on Sunday. Leaving in a few hours so hope you all had a great race whether it's your first or one of many marathons! Hope you all achieve your targets whether they be to finish or aiming for a set time! I'm just hoping for two nights of better sleep compared to many awful nights recently! Highly unlikely to PB and aiming to enjoy it more than anything!
JJ - your pre-marathon summary made me chuckle! Nice one!
Snafflepants - that's some dream you had there with Goofy too - taper madness at another level!
Good news for Sunday there Runningtap - hope the knee holds up well.
Hope your journey over is safe Redjeep and good luck!
Good news with the number Jokeybhoy.
Well done on avoiding any lurgies Gary.
Interesting link Sean. Although I measured 26.02 miles last year, I always take GPS as a rough rather than definite guide. The number of times I run the same route and it comes back with a slightly shorter or longer distance, etc. To be honest, I never questioned it when running the race last year because 1) no one questioned it in the years before and 2) it was very different at the Cardiff half in 2010 when everyone was looking at their watches in bemusement at the finish where it was very tangible that something wasn't right (12.93 miles!). Hopefully it will show up short again on Sunday though as it will help with things mentally even if just a little by the very end!
I also found last year very easy to navigate to the start line with similarly paced runners. It was sort of strange walking from the Travelodge at 8:30am though seeing hardly any runners about! That said, it was certainly much busier half a mile away at the start.
I remember at times mid race last year seeing the leader(s) storming past the other way - will look forward to that again as it's always inspiring seeing how fast they are motoring!
One more run this evening - nice and steady then it's time to rest up!
Thanks everyone! For the 'separate' congratulations to Alan B and myself
There are indeed plans for a running buggy at some point Stan!
Wish I did have the energy Redjeep - not sleeping well at the moment and still waking up for lengthy periods with back pain and burning/itching on my side/front.
Ran 5 miles last night and struggled to hit MP on two planned miles of this effort. I'll try to go by the theory that I've had bad races when feeling great before and crap ones when feeling great! However, that might be a touch optimistic! If anything, tiredness with the broken sleep could be a major factor on Sunday.
Planning on one more easy run tomorrow and then the nerves and excitement is likely to build here! Either way, the overall aim will be to enjoy it!