I find running on the flat really hard as its something I don't normally do. Using the same leg muscles constantly is,something I can't train for here.
Nah, I've heard others say the same. I'm the opposite the constant changing of pace on undulating terrain kills me as I go on, so I expect a huge fade at Loch Ness. On flat courses I can get into a rhythm and just keep knocking out that pace.
Scott can testify from my first Parkrun at Pollock Park that my pace drops off the edge of a cliff even on the smallest of hills.
Lloyd - You should enjoy Amsterdam. It's a great event. A great potential PB course too.
Suze - I hope your training goes well and you crack sub 4 at Loch Ness. I guess terrain preference is a personal thing. I tend to run far better on the flat (mostly as I'm as slow us they come going uphill), but I know others who run far better when there are plenty of undulations.
Suze - I've drive that route and there is very little flat on it. There's also a bugger of a hill as you head into Inverness. From reading race reports I'm thinking it's the one at 18 miles and takes you up to nearly mile 20. It's far far hillier than Paris.
I'm taking a completely different approach to Loch Ness than I have for all my other marathons. There is no training plan! I'm going to run what I want, when I want. The only rule is I must run at least three times a week and get in a minimum of two 20 mile LSR's.
I have no time goal for Loch Ness. It's a race I've long wanted to do, but never done it as I thought it could be a tricky one to lay down a PB and I've always been chasing times. My plan is to just go out and enjoy this one and since there is a good lot of the fine people from here heading up (or down in Kaz's case) to Inverness I can't think of a better time to do it.
Plus I spectated at it previously and there was an awesome fudge stand at the finish area!
They've changed the entry system for next year. There is a ballot, but it's for cheaper entry places. The normal first come first served system will open up in September/October as normal, but the entry price is higher than the ballot places.
The race can sell out, but having ran it the last three years it's never sold out quickly. There were still places available as late as February for this years race.