Regarding the programme I found it interesting, made some valid points, but also left more questions than answers. In terms of sports drinks I very rarely drink any for runs of less than 90 mins, however would always want one over that.
Trainers I aim to spend around £60 ish, am keen to stick to what works, however like others have said, i've suffered in the past with injuries as a result of incorrect footwear and am always wary of trying anything else.
Finally would have like to see something on gels, I certainly found them a god-send on the marathon earlier this year.
Finally back on internet on laptop as back from hols now, spent the resting in not so sunny Berwick, would have loved one of those overcast days last Sunday!! One of the things I meant to comment on was someone posted about how crowded it was for them and they couldn't keep a decent pace as a result. Wondered what others experienced, as for me it was one of the best i've had in that respect, considering the number of runners.
Started on Orange wave and even at that start you had plenty of room, apart from a couple of very short spells it never got crowded and I was able to runs as fast as I wanted, or more often as sloe in the 2nd half. Still buzzing nearly a whole week after the race despite not getting even near my 4 hour target.
Great reading all the posts on how everyone got on really brings it all home. Was really nervous as training hadn't gone perfectly but as it was my first marathon I was keen to go for it. Thought it was spot on from organisation side and really enjoyed it apart from the heat.
All was going ok fit first half but heat and curtailed training did for me in the end. Split times show the difference 1.57 halfway 4.35 finish time. Despite being well off my original aim of 4 hours was well chuffed with myself for digging in and finishing. Back was giving me stick from halfway as well so all in all just did what I could.
Thought finish was decent just a shame wife and kids were on one side of the finish and I couldn't get to them for an age. Would definitely recommend though best bit for me was the crowds who were great and really kept me going.
Gonna take a few weeks off try and get the back right and left knee is still sore which isn't great but hasn't put me off trying for another.
Sorry to hear mcs, hope it sorts itself out. All goes wrong at once doesn't it. Nerves kicking it a bit for me, spot of man-flu not helping but fingers crossed it will have eased off by Sunday. Little girl got chicken pox the other day, and my mate dropped out so all good. Still can't wait for the race though. One more long day in work then i'm driving up Saturday.