My training is going pretty poorly ha ha! I've accepted it though, and an embracing the fact I shall hopefully just enjoy the occasion. I shall high five young kids and smile when overtaken by the man dressed in a 80lb rhino costume. So long as I don't get run over by the sweeper bus, I'll be quite happy! Sub 4 can wait til the next one (maybe Chester 2015), this will be the one with no pressure. Can't wait!
CP31, if it helps, I struggle with most of my long runs and absolutely dread them in advance of doing them. I actually spend a lot of time wondering why I run marathons, and during the race itself I tell myself 'never again', but I'm onto my fourth now (not counting one I did all the training for but fell ill with horrendous flu the week before it and couldn't run on the big day - totally gutted!).
My suggestion to you would be to try and find a route that doesn't involve laps because it's so tempting to stop after maybe five laps if the plan was to do seven etc. I drive to a route that's eleven miles away from my house because it's a nice flat run (with supermarkets and toilets every so often!), and there are no shortcuts so it forces me to do my full planned distance. I know a girl who gets the train to a stop 20 miles away and runs back. A variety of routes really helps alleviate the boredom. Keep it up though, we've really only got another four weeks of hard running before the taper starts.
JelleyBaby, how did you get on at Brighton 2013? I was aiming for sub 4 and got a soul-destroying 4:00:32. Was gutted for weeks! I'm in nowhere near that shape now so I'm planning on not putting any pressure on myself and just enjoying the atmosphere. Hopefully I won't get caught by the sweeper bus ha ha! The worst bit is, I didn't even get to see any of the Commonwealth Games, I was generally patrolling the streets around the venues. Atmosphere was good though, and everybody seemed to enjoy it. How's your training going?
CP31, you're at the same stage as me. I've done three marathons before - Edinburgh, Liverpool and Brighton. My PB is 4:00:32, which was awful as I was aiming for sub 4. Picked Berlin due to it being a flat fast course so gave me the best chance of sub 4. However I'm a police officer based in Scotland and all our days off were cancelled during the Commonwealth Games and I was working ridiculously long hours. I've basically done absolutely zero exercise at all for the past 16 days, when I should have been heading into peak training period. I'll try and pick it up a bit now but won't be in the shape I want to be. Just going to try and enjoy it and not put any pressure on myself. If I can get in under 4:30:00 now I'll be quite happy. Good luck with the rest of your training.