I wish I was working from home today. Just about made it onto the bus this morning. Should have took the day off.
Well that was a lot harder than 21 miles! Definitely found the heat hard. First marathon in 3hrs 40.49. On the plus side beat my target of 3hr 45, and I've got the GFA for London. But went through half way at 1.45 and had the 3.30 pacers in sight for a few miles. But can't be too harsh it was my first one!
Agree about 24 mile marker, confused me greatly, especially as I was really struggling at that stage.
Well done to everyone who ran. I have so much respect for anyone who runs a marathon, regardless of time. Don't think you can appreciate how hard it actually is until you do one.
My plan says to run the day before, just a slow 10 - 20 mins. Is anyone else planning on doing a little jog the day before?
Persoanlly I think it's probably a good idea, keep legs moving and all that as long as I go really slow. I ran the day before my half marathon (15 mins), beginning of Sept and knocked 5 minutes off my PB. Whilst I don't accredit the PB to the 15 min run the day before, I'm thinking it could be a new superstition! Having said I realise that this will be double the distance.
I'm using SIS gels too. Used them for the first time on my last long run and they were a lot easier than other gels.
PS currently paying no attention to the weather forcast. English October weather is too unpredictable!
Oh dear I went to watch my friends do Manchester 2012. Wish I hadn't! Felt really sorry for them, they all did well to finish. Remember going home, getting in to a bath with no cold water in and still shivering! At least our weather will be better than that. I'm not tempting fate, I'm just sure that it can't rain like that for at least another 20 years.
Thanks for the advice. I'll have a go at googling too Runny Knows. I'm sure it's one of those topics that has an agreed general principle but then differs here and there, like most things running related! 15West, sports drinks is a good idea, good way of getting extra carbs onboard.
bev hart, your times aren't too dissimilar to mine. I ran 21 miles in 2.49 but the route was extremely flat. I'm going for 3.45 (or just under), as 15West mentions that is (well anything sub 3.45) the good for age qualification time for my age group, so I'm hoping that that will proivde extra motivation on the day. Maybe you could use that as motivation too As well you have the advantage of having run and completed a marathon. I suppose it depends on how confident you feel as well and how much training you've put in, and if you feel better than you did before Edinburgh. I know I'm not a pacer, but thought I'd reply to you as you seem to be in a similar dilemma!
Thanks Wrexhamrob. I knew there was some sort of stop eating carbs then start, but wasn't too sure of the exact details! Thanks for helping out. I've been running for years and always threatened to run a marathon so really glad I've avtually got round to it. Chester seems like a great one to do too, all the feedback I've read has been positive.