Thanks Emma, makes perfect sense, same sort of area as me - hope it holds out for you, I'm sort of growing accustomed to my lump now but will definitely be getting it checked properly after the Marathon!
CBO - Backing up what Hillheader says in that loos are not great at Edinburgh, not enough and always mobbed (and that's just from my 1/2 experiences) however there are plenty places to go along the course. You're definitely not old (as you're younger than me ) but following from your previous post and Nell's comments that's excactly the reason I get up early to run so I can keep everyone (semi) happy! I have two young sons and by the time I get back midweek they're just getting up (along with wife!!!), it's only really an issue for 20 or so milers at weekends when I get back a wee bit later and if the kids are not behaving then it suddenly becomes a selfish hobby etc etc. Guess there's just got to be a bit of understanding and compromise on both sides. My wife knows how running benefits me but she also knows I can be a miserable arse when things not going to plan - like now
That said, I feel much better today, woke up at half 4 for some reason, birds were singing and sun was shining. Cold felt almost away so threw on the gear and went for an easy 4 miles. Felt good to get a run in and foot "behaved" although a wee bit tender and sore now but what's another 22 miles?!?!?
Anthony - congratulations, you've done well to get that amount of training in with a wee one! You'll do great, you'll be surprised at how much you will have done compared to others who have missed due to injury / undertraining etc. Good luck!
Getting busy in here now, must be getting close? CBO, yes I am generally crabbit this week, annoyed with my foot and the cold and the fact that I could have been going on an all day drinking session on Sunday. Instead due to my pig headedness I will now be running 26 miles (in pain) around Edinburgh. Feel like I am having an affair as I am "hiding" my injury from my wife She caught me with the Biofreeze and my "stick" last night but I managed to get away with it with lies and deceipt in that it was "preventative treatment" I am going straight to hell
Emma - where is your tissue issue? Please tell me it's on the top of your foot so I at least know someone else is going through the same as me?!? Hope you're recovered by Sunday!
Danny/Nell, I always run alone (apart from a couple recently) as it's early morning runs for me, would love to join a club but commitments don;t allow unfortunately.
Roger - if you're feeling up to it after the Marathon you could always "do" Rose Street, ie start at one end and have one drink in every pub till you reach the other end. I've done that a couple of times (a good few years ago!) and it's a lot of fun, although can get messy towards the end but you'll have deserved it!!
Kathryn, best of luck to you too - best advice I think I can give re the Marathon is build up to it slowly, ie. been running for 5 years or so with lots of 1/2s/10ks under my belt. Good luck though
Race pack finally arrived so thank feck for that I'm not moaning in case I get a telling off from Hillheader but now also got a stinking cold so no more running for me until Sunday either! Foot's not any better either (it's actually worse) but at least it's still attached to my leg so I can still run!
Dave - how's it going? Glad you got your pack too! I wold have thought for the cost of our entries we would have got it first via courier service!! Anyway re my time, no idea mate, just going to wait and see on the day. The aim of doing this again was to justify to myself that I could do least under 4 but if I feel up to it on the day I'll go for sub 345 as trained for London. Definitely going off conservativley to see how foot is and then will pick it up after a few miles if I'm up to it, just going to take it easy and enjoy the day! 330 is going to have to wait until next year....
Re ipods, I'll be wearing mine. Didn't wear it at VLM and I so wanted it to drown everyone out after mile 14 so I could dissappear into my own wee world. I know I'm not supposed to say things like that as its not PC in the running world but this Marathon's for me so I want to be completely in my zone for the full 26.2 miles! I know they're banned but I have done the 1/2 3 or 4 times and cheered the Marathon also and their were more people wearing them than not (once the superfast were past) I also suffer from really bad Tinnitus and the music helps with my condition. But until such times that the organisers start really cracking down on it if it is in their rules and start taking their rules seriously, I wont either (cue abuse! don't care, not having the debate here )
PS - I listen to quality Italo house on my ipod when running definitely not Robbie and Beyonce
PPS - Gary - slow down
PPPS - CBO - hope you're feeling better, your posts always cheer me up!
Mr Mills, I wouldn't worry about it if I were you - no point now, see my post above! I used to have terrible ITB issues until I switched to forefoot (don't try this on Marathon day - took me a good 6 months for transition!!!) You're either going to run it or not and if you are, you just have to accept it will probably hurt, maybe at mile 10, maybe at mile 20 but by then you'll be hurting like most of the other runners anyway! I also used to run with the strap Rdrunner suggested and I suppose it's a psychological boost if nothing else?
Enjoy your weekends all and safe journey home Hillheader!