Well done everyone - big congratulations to you all from me!!! Even if you didn't get the times you wanted for whatever reason, you still did it and I always say every Marathon you run is a learning experience to take into the next one! Thanks for all the good wishes, even though I couldn't run I was following the action from Twitter and willing you all on from the couch!
AWC - sorry to hear about your race, hope you're not feeling too despondent and can pick yourself up and get going again soon.
Tom - congratulations and a brilliant run, wish I could have bought you a beer! You really helped with all these horrible early morning rises in the cold and rain - making them more bearable, knowing you were up earlier than me and running faster than me! I really hope you can go on to great things with your Marathon running!
Everyone else, I wish you all the best and thanks for the input making this such a fun forum! I'll see you around - I'm already contemplating doing Manchester again next year (if I don't get in to VLM ) - now back to Edinburgh and that sub 345!!!
Been purposely avoiding the forum, my cold was actually proper flu, of which I still have so I am having to take the difficult decision to not do the Marathon. Although I have been avoiding the inevitable for days now as I hoped for a miracle cure! Gutted is an understatement considering I have come back from all my ankle issues and then not be able to do it because of the feckin' flu! It would be stupid if I tried to do it though so maybe next year! I still have Edinburgh at end of May so will just get back into the running once I'm better. If anyone wants a double room at Hotel Football in Manchester on Saturday night - let me know, I'll do it for a very cheap price!!!
Best of luck to those all running, I really hope you all get what you are aiming for out of this Marathon and will look forward to reading all the stories next week!
So true to form (and apologies again for sounding like the forum hypochondriac!) I have a rotten chesty cough and feel like sh1t! I'm not even doing a traditional taper as such so cant even blame that - going to blame the kids instead for coughing all over me and generally just being near me!
So no runs for me the last couple of days, rest is key if feeling ill at this stage with no fitness to be gained so hopefully a wee easy run in the morning can be managed - if I'm feeling better I'll throw in some strides at the end before LSR on Saturday - fingers crossed. Of all the Marathons I've trained for, this is the first one where I have been really susceptible to colds/infections etc so no idea where I have went wrong this time so a bit of research required!
Anyway, keep positive!
Hope everyone else is enjoying the tapering. I would still like to see other's comments re carb loading and how they do it? There are so many differing opinions out there and although I can get the correct amount of carbs that I need worked out, its more the kind of carb foods I should be eating? Ie. High Carbs with low fat or high fat? Are Haribo ok or are too much detrimental etc? If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be appreciated as I happily admit I don't think I've got this part of the training correct yet!
PS - Cal, I would throw all time worries out the window as it's your first Marathon, most important thing is to enjoy it. My first one, I went off like a lunatic and was walking/crawling from mile 13 onwards - horrible experience! You've doing some great training over the months so sub 5 a great achievement for your first and regardless of what time, the experience gained to take onto the next one is invaluable!
Some wise words there Orapidrun! That should be a great confidence booster for you!
JJ - take it easy, don't try to push too much at this stage and pics would be appreciated!
I don't fancy the betroot juice myself. I am currently on the Maca powder/Matcha green tea powder and flaxseed powder all thrown into my Nutribullet morning smoothies as the paranoia of trying to stay healthy starts to kick in!!
The red wine seems like a much better option Tom!
PS - I looked at the weather yesterday, couldn't help myself!