Looking forward to this one and looking forward to meeting up with a friend from the West coast of Ireland who's also running. Been tapering from 14 miles during the last couple of weeks and now just have a couple of 3 milers before the race to keep loose. First time starter in this one and looking to beat 2 hours for the first time. Ran 2:02 twice before in the Royal Parks and Fleetwood and hopefully the combination of crowds and music will spur me on. Good luck to everyone taking part.
I completed my first ever marathon although it took just over 5 hours which was way outside my expected time until I pulled a calf two weeks ago and missed most of the last two weeks training. First half went well about 2:15 but felt my calf after that and eased off walking up a lot of the hills in the second half because I wanted to make sure I complete the Guild series in November! Thanks to the organisers and marshalls for making it a day I'll never forget and for the encouragement they provided all the way round. And after watching the Snowdonia marathon it seems it wasn't as hilly as I thought.
I'm predicting my time based on my last two races Fleetwood half and Pres
ton 10K that extrapolate to 4:17:25 and 4:18:03 that's 9.50 mins/mile. This ties in nicely with training run pace of 10 to 10.5 mins/mile on the longer runs. I'm hoping to maintain this pace throughout. Looking forward to the challenge now, good luck to everybody taking part!
Wish I hadn't seen that elevation profile, the finish looks quite tough. Managed 2 miles on the treadmill and a couple of hours table tennis yesterday then 3 miles on the road today. It felt a bit sluggish but no pain or twinges in my calf. Planning a bit of a walk tomorrow and a couple of easy miles on Thursday then I might have a drive round the course if I get chance. Hope the rain stays away and the wind doesn't blow too hard.