Thank you for all the lovely welcomes... I shall continue to fraudulently posting on this thread for the time being I have to say you are definitely all making me wish I was running Paris, I do love the city. May well be converted yet!
Princess Fiona, I absolutely love the sound of frozen banana dipped in melted chocolate. I also had a good chuckle at your holiday story! Stefan, thank you for the information/links, it makes for very interesting reading!
Running Rodent, you said you take shotbloks every half hour. Is this straight from the off? I am awaiting a delivery of these and going to give them a test run on this weekend’s LSR. AliM78, I don’t know if anyone has mentioned any other stockists but I bought mine from Achilles Heel as they have free delivery. I’ve heard you can get boxes of them quite cheaply on ebay too.
Just out of interest, how many people carry their own liquids and gels etc? Also, how much water/gels do people find they actually consume? I never seem to feel thirsty and I feel this might be my downfall as I have no impetus to consume more fluid. Although with yer_maj’s sneaky vodka addition I could definitely see myself being more attracted to the water
For the fellow tortoises out there, do you carry any solids with you? I have not yet sorted what I will/won’t carry with me and I feel I really need to decide and get practicing!
ATM, Brighton is my first marathon and I’m super nervous about it! LSR of 18 miles this weekend which will be my longest run to date. Will see how I feel after it before deciding whether to do another 18 miler the weekend after or push it up to 20. I don’t feel very prepared at all and sometimes really do wonder how on earth I’m ever going to make it round! Fuelling is also an issue as I’ve only just gotten around to experimenting with this! 15 miles last weekend was with Powerade and this weekend I’m going to test out shotbloks since these are what’s available at Brighton.
Wow I really have missed a lot on here! Bit of a long one coming up...
I don’t know where you all got these tan lines from on Sunday but please will you send the sun up to Scotland? Can’t remember the last time I saw it!
Well done Helen, AGF and toby3 on your new pbs! And MarkD I hope you’re not too disappointed, definitely better for things to go wrong now rather than at Brighton!
I am also having serious problems with hunger at the moment, been doing fine since I started marathon training but recently it’s just gotten out of hand. I just feel hungry constantly! I always thought marathon training would be a sure fire for weight loss but if anything I seem to be putting it on. Definitely need to be a bit more restrained, no need to put extra stress on my body carrying extra pounds.
Karen, good to hear you’re running pain free again.
SPEN, thank you for the reminder that after next week there is little that can be done to increase performance. BM will be my first marathon and looking at the taper weeks ahead already I can feel myself thinking hmm well a few extra miles there would be better. Must remember it’s about maintenance only!
Xine, what a great idea of having an inspirational message tattooed the back of the hand! I am so bad for sneaking a peek at my Garmin and feeling disheartened, a nice motivational message would definitely help to lift my spirits. I am also super impressed by your 12lb weight loss!
SteveD73, I am awaiting an order of ShotBloks and will be putting them to the test this weekend on my LSR. Have you tried them yet? I’m unsure how many to take and when etc.
The expo sounds fantastic toby3, lots of inspirational people. I’m quite jealous!
Off topic, can someone enlighten me on how to make font appear bold? I am a little technophobic to say the least!
Definitely like the sound of a meet up, will be good to put names to faces and hear the stories
Thank you for all your kind words and advice, it's good to be reminded that I'm not alone in having bad days and ultimately they will make me mentally stronger as a runner. 11 miles for me today and I'm feeling much more positive about it.
Sounds like a fabulous day in Brighton Karen, that's gotten me really excited now. Hopefully the foam roller is starting to help your knee and you will be able to get back out there soon.
Mark D and Helen, good luck at Silverstone, sounds like it's going to be a great day for you both. Can't wait to hear how you get on.
Good luck at Bath toby, definitely use those nerves to fuel your pb attempt. I always think nerves are part of what makes a race day special and marks it out from just another training run so enjoy it
I hope you don't mind me posting here as I'm not actually doing the Paris Marathon, I'm running Brighton the same day but I've been lurking for a while now. Such a fraudster!
Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I have never read such inspiring and motivational comments as on this thread. Ran 15 miles yesterday, my longest run to date and it was really really hard going. After it I was really demotivated and started to think maybe I should give up on the marathon this year as I'm obviously not cut out for it.
Reading the posts here as made me feel much better, especially the post by Tricky Dicky about paying a price to realise your dream. It made me realise that this isn't meant to be easy so thank you for that!
I also absolutely love those vests ATM! Just had a look on their website and they have some other really cool designs as well. Are they comfortable to wear?
15 miles for me yesterday. Felt terrible from the word go and really wanted to turn around and head home after the first mile. Managed to keep going and it got easier. Mile 10 was an absolute horror and from then on it really was a struggle just to keep moving, had to keep telling myself at every mile just one more (famous last words!).
Got home and honestly felt like I'd killed my body. This put me in a really bad frame of mind, I started to think well if 15 miles has put me in this state what's 26 miles going to do to me? Even thinking about pulling out. Does anyone else feel this bad after their long runs?
That said, after getting friendly with the frozen peas, a couple of anti-inflammatories and a good sleep in my compression tights (absolutely thrilling Friday night...) my legs do feel a bit better.
Karen - when I was waiting for my foam roller I also used a 2L bottle as a substitute and it worked really well. Although I found the empty bottle a bit too soft so I filled mine with water and freezed it first. Good luck for Monday, hope the pain isn't too bad. Try to visualise how much it's helping your muscles and how much better your running is going to be because of it
Thanks for that fortysomethingandfit, it's good to be reminded of that. I really don't feel like it a lot of the time!!