Hurray! Just home from 10 miler in the lunchtime sun and got my number! Seems slightly underwhelming just having a number folded up in an envelope and that's all. I get more through for my local 10km! Not sure what else I was expecting mind you. Do we get our t shirts after the race? I'm in starting area E and I'm pretty sure I put down 4hrs as my goal time. Like RRR though, I start my Garmin once I reach the start line so apart from getting a bit nervous waiting and shuffling, I don't mind being further back. Will try to get as close to the front of area E as I can though I think.
RRR - you live in Timperley, don't you? What time tram are you planning on getting up to Old Trafford in the morning? Can't decide how early to leave Altrincham on the day. Don't want to get there with hours to spare as will be on my own beforehand and don't want to get nervous/bored, but similarly, I want to make sure I've got a good amount of time to queue for a portaloo and not be stressing about getting to the start area on time. Is everything well sign-posted? In Rome last year, it was all a bit confusing as to where the actual starting pens were and how to get to them etc. Was glad I was in a group...
It's a good job you all mentioned about the Met - I just presumed it would be free travel for runners... could have been embarrassing come race day when I get chucked off the tram for not having a ticket!
Marathon must be getting close now as I had my first marathon-related stress dream last night! Dreamed I was running through Altrincham (which in my dream was at the 20 mile mark) and was feeling strong. It seemed as though most people had already finished but I wasn't bothered as I was happy with how I was doing, Unfortunately though they'd taken down the race markers as a result. I got to The Downs in Altrincham and was at the junction where you can either swing a left and go to Sainsburys or go straight ahead and into Hale. I had no idea which way the marathon route was supposed to go as there were no marshalls left or signs. Fortunately a guy came racing past me, also in a race number, and headed towards Sainsburys so I followed him but quickly realised that there was no way I'd be able to keep him in my sights for six miles as he was sprinting ahead. Dream ended with me realising that I had no idea where I was supposed to be going.
I had the same sort of dream in the lead up to Rome last year whereby the marathon route wasn't marked and I had no idea which way I was supposed to be going. I should almost definitely avoid those ultra races where you have to self-navigate - my head obviously couldn't take the stress!
Fingers crossed for the race number arriving today. Do they have your name on them?
Think I've managed to ward off the cold - have woken up this morning feeling much fresher and sore throat is almost gone.
Oooh I love race numbers! Not fair - I want mine...postie only brought a boring financial trade magazine today
Typically after fighting it for days, I think my body is finally succumbing to the cold/cough that my daughter's had for the last week or so. Downing Beroccas like they're gin and tonics and praying I make it through this week before it hits home.
Also had a realisation today - if you work in financial advice, maybe don't book a marathon that is right on the change of the tax year..... swamped with reports to write and working all hours and having to squeeze in runs at odd times of the day!