Great report Westy - love reading other peoples race reports and relating to them.
Will concentrate on shorter distances over the summer so will get the P&D faster road running book too.
Conditions looking pretty good for Sunday, weighed in this morning 1.5kgs lighter than my Autumn plan, hoping that will help. Might see you on the course Westy Bib Number 8810 for any stalkers out there. Plan is to sit in behind the 3 hour pacer for as long as I can.
Sports massage tonight and on the 11am train to Manchester tomorrow morning, getting nervous now.
Best of luck to the other fellow Manchester runners and runner Jonnie doing the great Welsh marathon.
Thanks all for the comments regard the distance. I'm sure its the correct distance but just something to note for those like me who are slaves to our garmin's. Meaning that, if we follow the pace per mile on our watches we should be okay to hit out target time, where as courses that measure long you need to factor in the extra distance over 26.2 Super excited now.
De-lurking here as I have a quick question, I have googled a few profiles of the Manchester marathon on Garmin connect and the 5 that I have looked at have all measured up short or just right 26.13, 26.14, 26.17, 26.2 and 26.19
Sunday will be my 10th marathon and all my previous ones have measured up long (usually around 26.4 - 26.5) which is understandable with not taking the racing line etc.
Just wondering if anyone knows why Manchester seems to measure up just short as I don't think there are any tunnels, high buildings etc to cut out gps reception.
Have other people on here noticed this?
Cheers Best of luck on Sunday, weather is looking perfect for us. FG
Scott - I agree with the other punter on here, definitely get some racing flats. Some are lighter than others and some have more cushioning than others. I use the Brooks ST Racers which still offer some cushioning, I only use then for races and the odd session on the track but I also use them for marathons. Your feet might be a bit battered after a marathon but as someone mentioned here previously if you are not planning on racing soon after the marathon then its worth it.
Millsy - 4 miles is just a waste of washing your running kit!
Good Blog Rachel
Weird - i'm wondering if ill be able to hit MP tonight for the 7miles with 2 @ MP session. The weather is looking favourable for Manchester on Sunday, I got rid of the beard and got my race day haircut!
Well done Westy - You must be well happy after your injury in the autumn and a shortened plan, please don't leave us now for Hanson! Enjoy Paris and hope the DOMS aren't too bad. Congrats to Junior Westy too. Hope you get a chance to give us a full race report at some stage.
Wenty - great run and take it easy for the next 2 weeks if you plan on doing VLM
Sister - That's a cracking PB and shows age is no obstacle. Enjoy the celebrations.