Hi all. Can I join you please? I've lurked for a couple of weeks (found you on the other thread just a day or two before VLM) but was a bit shy about speaking up then. I did London a week and a half ago (deferred from 2015 so I know how you folks who have just deferred feel) and have just entered the ballot again for next year so hoping for some exceptional luck. My main problem is winter training - I just don't cope well with getting out there in the cold and dark so my training was rubbish. I'd like a rematch with London - I know I can do so much better - but if the ballot doesn't come off then my intention is to commit to another marathon next year.
I got 27 miles bang on in London on Sunday but then I was so caught up in the emotion of it all that I forgot to switch off Garmin till I was picking up my bag - twit! I did also do quite a bit of weaving as I was at the back of the field and when I had my rare moments of 'speed' in the latter stages in particular, there were quite a few walkers to navigate round. It was getting depressing though - hearing the beep of my mile markers and actually knowing the real mile markers weren't even close.
I ran the Edinburgh marathon this year as my first attempt at the distance and very much enjoyed it. I was right at the back of the field though, partially due to being so damned slow and stopping for a loo break at the start.
I was lucky and was picked up from the finish so no faffing with buses but still had to walk a good way to the sports centre car park. To be honest at that point I was finding it more painful to stand still than to walk gently so I was glad of the extra distance in a way.
In terms of support, I find the quiet stretches of races absolutely fine to be honest. It lets me focus and not think I'm being rude for not acknowledging spectators or high fiving the kids. I'm sure that's not a problem when you're in amongst the main body of runners but when they're cheering you on and there's not many runners around you, you feel obliged to interact and it can get a little draining after a while (sorry!!). So I'm quite happy with long quiet stretches as well as the bits with more crowds - a fine balance.
The out and back bit was fine as well. I really enjoyed seeing the elites coming in and didn't at all find it demoralising to see the hordes of runners on the opposite side knowing that they had done a fair few more miles than me - I was looking out for the first purples coming through as then I knew the turning point was closer.
Overall then, I was quite happy and really enjoyed the experience, although again I have nothing similar to compare it with.
I'm looking at this one as well for a potential first marathon and I'm local so would be very convenient. Should have done the half this year but couldn't in the end (just as well as it was such a grotty day they curtailed the full marathon and only allowed people to run the one lap for the half).
Eager to see if it's suitable for a slow first time marathoner!