Simon, wish I had seen this before you booked, they are owned by GSI events Tel. : 0131 208 0294. Give them a phone and see if you can get it sorted. I would like to think they will now give you full refund due to the circumstances and the fact you felt you had to book elsewhere as they never got back to you (by the only means available to you as their website doesn't have phone no. - a fact that really pisses me off!) Good luck with the Marathon - I'm doing it too (ankle permitting!)
Porky, I followed this plan this year so will give you my insights into it:-
Can you run a marathon on 3 x runs a week? Yes, I ran VLM in 4.07 and then Edinburgh 4 weeks later in 3.58 (that's another story). Previous PB was 4.27....
Is it easy to follow? No, it becomes very boring and rigid as you miss the easy recovery runs to just "do as you like", without trying to follow the pace it sets - imo!
Why do it then? I had previously suffered a fractured bone in my foot so didn't want to be running constantly and putting additional stress on the bone so I could run the Marathon. Also, work / family etc etc....
Would I do it again? No, I really felt it took the "enjoyment" out of running and half way through I felt the runs were all becoming a chore?
Downsides? As above. Also I missed a couple of weeks through colds / travelling etc and felt it more difficult to get back into! It is also too easy to change your "rest / Xtraining" days into "rest" days.
Upsides? I ran a half Marathon very comfortably about 1/2 way through the plan so would potentially do it for next half, once I have achieved Marathon time goal....
Additional comments? If you follow it - stick to your pacing on Marathon day - I set off far too fast at VLM and blew up badly. Was a bit more conservative at Edinburgh and got the sub 4 I wanted but still went too fast and suffered again in last few miles - but you know that anyway, one day I will learn!!
Cheers Dave / Philby, it was great just knowing I was going to make it, albeit with only a couple of minutes to spare! I actually felt sure I could have finished stronger but after I stopped for a piss at mile 18ish, it really knocked me off my stride and struggled to get going again! Sorry you missed it Dave but good luck for Frankfurt, I guess you shouldn't be too dissapointed after your London effort anyway.
Sonic, no idea but if you keep going like that you'll be sub3 before Berlin in September
MC Dave - I got my sub 4 - I am feckin' delighted! Thank you for giving me the advice and push - so glad I did it now, as was having doubts a couple of weeks ago with regards to my sanity levels! Just wanted to jump back in here and say that, your advice was much appreciated and I can now relax the rest of the year until I start training for my sub 345 next year Hope you managed to get your negative split!
Well done evryone and commiserations to those who had problems, there seemed to be a lot of people struggling towards the end (me included) but at least everyone here crossed the line so there's always something to be taken from that! Hillheader & Emma, really hope you guys get sorted and heal quickly before your main events. I know only too well how you're feeling so fingers crossed!
Well, it was a case of misson accomplished for me, as you know I only decided to run this in the last few weeks as I was so gutted with my VLM performance. I was obsessed in wanting to break the 4 hr barrier and am pleased to say i did in 3hr 58 so was absolutely delighted! I felt good on the morning, cold was away and foot was "behaving". I was really strong up until abput mile 18 when I had to stop for the loo in the "farm" and then struggled to find my rhythm again and foot started to hurt, which played with my head a bit. The surface really bothered me as well at that point, not using it as an excuse as I still feel I went off a wee bit too fast and that would have affected me also. Anyway, I managed to keep going with Quads that felt like they were getting stabbed and had to do a couple of run / walks and get my breathing back under control. Time was ticking away so I was very conscious of it running out but at mile 25 I managed to get going! I must apologise to the wonderful crowds who probably thought I was insane as I was shoulting out loudly again at myself willing myself on but it helped! Managed to see my wife and kids just before the turn into the finish so high fived the 5 year old as baby looked on and that was just what I needed to get to the finish and now it's over - it was definitely worth it!!!
I have to say I really enjoyed the course (apart from "the farm", it was stinking as well which didn't help my feelings of nausea!) I felt it a well organised event, great support - well done to those who managed to get to the loop back at mile 17 - 18, always a good tshirt at Edinburgh.Nice big medal - although was a bit heavy, I almost keeled over when the girl put it on me!
So onwards and upwards for me now, will do Edinburgh again next year, as I seek to get my sub 345 and one day, the magical (for me!) sub 330. Thanks to all for making this forum so interesting and will see you around, and wish you well for the rest of the year in all your events!