Hi Aber, both excitement for the event / mulling around before the race and nerves for the distance, usually the last 6 -8 miles. The bit where the pain and severe exhaustion starts! Oh and the Hill at 25 miles that i genuinely thought I was about to have a heart attack on the first time when i got a sudden chest pain! Just hope its not hot like last year.
I predicted my time at 4hr - 4:30hrs and I'm in zone 3, thought I'd be in zone 4 and last yr was zone 2 for 3:30 - 4 hrs.You can move backwards from your zone if your sister is further back but you cannot move forwards to faster zones.They have staff checking each zone number as you enter your zone.So you will both be able to run together if the faster one moves back.Good luck to you both!
Yes Aber there is a hill at 25 miles, it's the same hill you run down just past the start, it's not a huge one but it's a bit of a killer when the finish is so close. Plenty of support though. First drinks station is water at 3 miles I think, then the rest are both water and energy drinks then energy gels too in the later stages. Crowds handing out jelly babies all over. Well done on your 20 miles! I've got that planned for Sunday, good luck, you'll have a great time, it is very well organised.
3rd Time at York for me, race pack should be dropping through the letterbox in a couple of weeks! then the nerves kick in, 2nd long run planned for Sunday nice and steady as i've got the vale of York half on Sept 11th. I found the last 8 miles tough last year with the heat and didn't drink enough. Plan for this yr, drink at every station,High five the Vicar!, look like a deer in the headlights at the amazing support at Stamford bridge, hug a cheerleader, finish with some dignity intact!
The Hoka Challenger is the trail version of the Clifton.I find Hoka's don't run true to size and I order a half size up, many go up a full size.Toe box a bit narrow for some. I only have experience of the clifton and I love them, it is a neutral shoe though. Just upgraded Clifton 2, for the Clifton 3, they have widened the toe box slightly but i haven't ran in them yet.More shops are starting to sell them but I just buy online, as above, choose a store with good returns policy.I check out a lot of reviews online beforehand, Ginger runner is a good place for reviews and has just about every single Hoka review.