I had the pacers in mind as part of my marathon plan but this was completely blown apart when I was put in pen 9. My predicted finishing time was 4:30 although after training I was hoping for sub 4. Therefore I assumed I'd at least be in the pen with the 4:30 pacer. As it turned out I was no where near the 4:45 pacer and guessing the 5 hour pacer was startinig just behind me. Maybe just a on-off error by the organisers or would you expect 4:30 to be final pen?
Also, because I was trying to make up ground, it meant passing some of the pacers (a very tough task with the amount of people sticking like glue to them which is fair enough). However, I think because of the two different starts, I actually passed a 4:30 pacer at one point before passing a 4:45 pacer a bit further along so I was totally confused which pacers had started from the blue (like me) and which from the red. Maybe there was something to indicate this and I missed it, but maybe something to consider for future years as the 4:30 pacer on one start might cross the start line a lot later than the other start which seemed to be the situation last Sunday.
Noooo - can feel the start of a cold with 6 days to go! Just a bit of a sore throat at the moment but that's how a full blown cold usually starts with me. I never usually take vitimins or anything but willing to try anything to stop it getting worse. I've read zinc is supposedly a good start - lozenges / pills?? Any advice??
Another question whilst I'm on here. I was looking at driving to the Excel arena for the Expo. Just wondering if this is a sensible option for travel / parking on the Saturday. The Excel website suggests it's a maximum of £15 to park but it'd be more expensive for me and a couple of people coming with me to get from my hotel and back by train. Looking for the easiest option but will consider alternative if anyones had a nightmare getting there by car in the past. Looking at getting there around 11am on the Saturday
Sorry - just posted this in the Taper thread but probably makes more sense here. For anyone who has run London before - what distance(s) have you ended up doing as I'm assuming it's almost impossible to run the racing line and therefore total distance run will be over 26.2. For anyone going for a certain time, it's something that needs to be considered as even half a mile more can mean the difference between needing to do just over 9mm to under 9mm if aiming for a sub 4 hour finish.
Also, not sure if I dreamt this, but thought I read somewhere there is actually a blue racing line on the course?
Probably shouldn't ask - but just wondering how much distance the average person adds on to the distance during a marathon, and particularly London with the amount of runners? I'm pretty bad for weaving at the start / not taking the racing line to overtake and this and have ended up doing up to 0.5 mile more on a half marathon before. Obviously theres a chance the running app I use is slightly out although for shorter distances it seems to be spot on / very close.
Anyone like to share what their distances have been in past London Marathons? As already noted on here, it affects the pace needed to get a specific time. I'm going for sub 4 which I was thinking 9:05mm would be more than sufficient, but if we're talking a realistic distance of say 27 miles, then it goes to 8:50mm.