Another thumbs up for Amsterdam. So easy to get around, there's loads of English over there too, course is a nice mixture of city - river - city although in fairness the latter half is perhaps a little on the dull side as it's industrial. But overall apart from the underpass at 23M it is as flat as you would want. I did it last year, flight was cheap (£120) accomodation was about the same, good technical t-shirt and I will definitely return, perhaps in 2015.
By the way, anyone get their time put on the Adidas Mi Time wristband? I did and was well lucky on the Monday at the store. There was a nice orderley queue formed and I was in the first 15 or so. As the doors opened I thought look lively here cos I bet this turns into a free-for-all and sure enough it did. Managed to be quick on my toes and got mine done. Not left my wrist since - along with the blue wristband.
Yeah, I tend to base my average Garmin pace on running a 26.4M race so I was surprised to see this one come out much longer.
Drink stations are a nightmare aren't they. I tend to aim for the far end as that seems to avoid most of the carnage. I mostly relied on my Powerade in my belt so I actually only took water about 3 maybe 4 times, PowerBar energy drink once and I did grab a PowerBar gel, but it was the sweetest sugary concoction I had ever tasted so it went straight on the floor.
Definitely the best marathon as far as energy requirements go. 7 x High5 caffeine gels seemed to do the trick, the first taken just before I started then one ever 4 miles. Same strategy next time.
Oh, and just out of interest what did other's get on their Garmin's? 26.69M, longest ever recorded marathon for me. I suspect it's because I did far too much weaving around runners and took nearly every corner wide.
PB for me by seven minutes, 3:48. 4th marathon ticked off and finally feel like I am getting the hang of them. Finished this one strong after running very consistent splits throughout the race, overall I am over the moon and after two nightmare marathons it's deeply satisfying to finally set a PB.
Found the course great but quite busy at times and at about 18-20 miles when I was trying to up the anti, I found a lot of gaps closing on me and those reduced to walking causing a few traffic problems. Never picked up the pace in a marathon before so not been a problem up until now! Seeing the Brandenburg Gate was an amazing feeling and I definitely feel more confident about the 26.2 now.
I love Berlin but have been there twice now and this is one pricey marathon to run so highly unlikely to ever return. Next up Barcelona in March and hopefully a shot at 3:40-3:45.
Well done to everyone, very cool to take part in a marathon where the world record is set!
ps. Am in Berlin with my Mum and Dad but have stuck the pub into Google maps and I'll see if I can swing them down there with me for a couple of swift ones on Sunday evening. If I manage that I'll nip over and say hi to everyone.