Not sure if I'm in the right place here, no GNR posts for 2 weeks? No matter.
I entered this with a friend who didn't seem to get in for some reason (I'm not totally convinced he actually entered...). I was thinking of not doing it but I've realised that I would be daft to pass this one up.
I've not made any travel/accomm arrangements yet. I looked on the nirvana website and liked the idea of the campsite but it seems to be sold out. The only option they seem to have from Manchester costs £125. I guess I could maybe just bite the bullet and cough up, unless anyone has any other ideas?
Well it rained today while on a 13-miler and I lived so now I know I'm good to go. It really hasn't rained all that much up here in Manchester recently (believe it or not) and I don't train every day of the week so I've mostly avoided it.
Despite living in Manchester it doesn't always rain here and it's very rare that I have trained in the rain. Where I have and it's a bit uncomfortable I'd just cut it short and run home.
But I've put in a lot of work for my spring marathon and I'm going to be at the start line rain or shine. I confess I don't know what I should be wearing if I get up on the day and it's raining. Do I get a runner's rain top just in case? Or do you just wear your normal gear and grin and bear it? What do people do?
Look, I couldn't put in any decent training last year as I was injured (shin splints). My low weekly mileage was the max I could do without it getting intolerable.
I had lots of sponsorship for the marathon so had to complete it. At the end of the 15 mile training run I was totally shattered, I could hardly lift my feet. No way could that run have turned into a 26 miler. But 5 days later I was recovered, I felt fine, and I ran the whole marathon. I am 100% certain I could not have done that without that training run.
I know my own body. I've been running for the last 25 years when injuries permitted. I'm 48 with dozens of shorter races under my belt. Sorry if this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but I was more than happy with my training and my time.
And running 15 miles 5 days before wasn't the brightest idea.
Au contraire it was one of the best training runs I've ever done. Without it I would never have managed the marathon. I was fully recovered by the Sunday, felt great, and did the extra 11.2 miles with no real problems.