Interesting about the fudge/tablet as fuel. I've tried gels before (never again!) and have used jelly babies for previous marathons, but never thought of fudge or tablet. Might give it a try on my next long run. Certainly helps that I love the stuff! Might even get a bit excited about a 20 miler instead of the usual feeling of dread. Ten miles tomorrow - yippee!
I managed a 17.1 (don't forget the .1!) yesterday and it went surprisingly well given the lack of training. Pace was slow, about 10 min miles, but I was deliberately taking it slower. The thought of doing another 9.1 on top of that is not very nice. I'm hoping the fact I've done it three times before, plus not being fussed about my finishing time, will get me through. One 20 miler next week, then a 15 and a 9, other than that just a variety of 5s, 6s and 7s and a few body pump and spin classes, and I'm all set! Sounds simple ..... ????
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?