Getting very nervous now. This will be my first marathon. I've probably done enough training (i've read everything I could find that told me I have), but the taper has left me feeling a bit under-prepared. I haven't run really long for weeks now. Plus last week's cold has turned into a cough, so hoping that clears up in the next few days. Alcohol free week now until Sunday afternoon when I'm hoping to get plugged into a big glass of prosecco before I fall asleep. Hoping to stick with the 4.30 pacers.
Hi Simon. Good luck with it. If you can manage a half in such a good time, I'm sure you'll manage the marathon. I'm trying to be more relaxed about it all and going with the 'it's all in my head' mantra. But I am quite relaxed about my time anyway, I just don't want to find the last 6 miles too excruitating.
I got my race number last week so might be worth chasing.
Good quote. I might write that on my arm for the day or on the back of my vest!
Well it won't be over until this fat lady hangs up her trainers and I'm not doing that too soon. I have been doing some carb loading with the hope of hitting the 20 mile mark tomorrow morning. Niggles from earlier in the week have eased off and I have a sports massage booked for Wednesday. I've just ordered another box of Clif Shots too, so must be feeling optimistic!
Thanks Pipski, Fiod2Dogs and Nose Nowt ! I won't give up yet then - only 5 weekends to go before the big race, so with two to taper and the Cambridge Half on 9th March, I have two opportunities to get that longer run in either side.
Fuel wise I'm overweight anyway, which probably doesn't help, but have been using Clif Shots (one at 6./7 miles, one at 12/13 miles) and a bowl of porridge before - no stranger to eating! And I've had a SiS electrolyte tablet in my water bottle. I could probably be more clever in my day to day diet and get that low GI food loaded more.
Thanks for your words of wisdom. Good luck Pipski with your first marathon. 19 is brilliant!