Don't feel gutted Dave. Like you say it was a huge achievement getting round especially if you didn't feel it from the start. Happens to us all and I am sure you'll come back stronger - yes to the sub 3:30 forum next year. I remember after managing 3:14 at London my next attempts at lowering my PB ended in disaster in Liverpool and Manchester of 3:31.....
Good luck for tomorrow Angela - sure you'll be amazing
Proper taper time for the VMLM runners. Sure you'll all start checking the weather apps and avoid Ill people on public transport! Hope the madness isn't too intense. Not much running from me. Picking up a new bike tomorrow and am starting the progress to the dark side - have entered a triathlon at the end of May.
Wow, great to see you back Angela. Happy to join a facebook group as its easier for me to get onto especially as my iPhone has decided that links from emails are to difficult to link to (if you have an iPhone, don't update to the new software as it ruins your phone!!!!). How do we go about setting one up?
Just had a look at Malcs' HM on Strava. Looking forward to the race report. Looks like a nice even pace - bodes well for London.
Well done on your park run time Dave - its always great sneaking under 20. You aiming for sub 19 now?
I did the Wilmslow half today but tbh haven't felt great recently. Shame it wasn't two weeks ago. That is when I managed 19:07 at my local hilly parkrun, a week later I thought I would go sub-19. Managed a great start but then the legs just didn't have any kick and eventually finished in 20:40! Not sure what happened but anyway fast forward to today and the idea was to get under 1:30 and if I was feeling good aim for 1:26. Controlled it quite well and resisted the temptation to run off fast at the beginning and finished strong in 1:28:45. So am happy with that.
Off down to Norfolk next weekend so will see what I can get on a flat parkrun. My PB down there is 18:21 but I'll be happy sub-19. I am hopefully dragging my brother along. After years of trying to get him to run he has now signed up for the Great North Run.
Thanks for the advice on Robin Hood, Sean and alternative marathons Malcs - I may possibly do the York one as it'll be easier to get to. Maybe you could pace me too! Sean that it how I remember the Robin Hood marathon when I did the HM part about 10 years ago. I remember thinking I was glad I wasn't one of the marathon runners who suddenly saw all the other runners disappear!
Good luck everyone as we draw nearer to marathon time!
Dave - for gels I use a SiS belt that holds them under some elastic, it is a bit annoying in the first few miles but once I've had a few it is fine.
For pacers - I kept in front of the pacer in Manchester last year as it was too bunched up. I hate to be boxed in so had to run ahead. I did ok until mile 25 when he passed by. It isn't fun being overtaken by the pacer but I am sure you'll do a better job. You could always stay behind them a reel them in in the later stages.
So I had my London Marathon plans ruined by a friends wedding and now my plans for Chester in October being threatened by a 40th! Contemplating doing the Robin Hood marathon, anyone done that before? Is it a good course? I really want to go sub-3 so the course could be important, though to be fair I've pb'd on some strange courses over the years.
Talking of sub-3 it's looking good for you Malcs. Training is looking strong - I think you'll smash it. Are you just going to hit 6:50 all the way round or go out fast? Have you started your taper yet?
Hope everyone is running well. How was the film Sean?
Sorry everyone, I've been away for ages! Just had a quick scan through to see how everyone is getting on. Three weeks to go for Manchester and 5 until London - we're about to enter taper madness. I am kind of glad that I am not doing a marathon this spring but I am looking forward to reading your stories which will hopefully motivate me towards my own autumn marathon and hopefully a pb!
Where has GM gone? - I have seen a few strava runs from him and he seems to be running well.
Did a good 15 miles today but feel I may have sunburnt my face. Also did my fastest parkrun in 10 months yesterday so am slowly making progress!
I can totally identify what you mean about shoes. Some i just can't get rid of. I need to throw some out but the shoes and I have been through a lot together I just can't do it!
Rich good choice on doing Manchester - just go in with a relaxed mind like Malcs says. I find not putting pressure on yourself and just enjoying it leads to surprises. A few years ago I missed 3 weeks due to a foot injury in the build up to Chester marathon. I was hoping to go sub 3:10 but thought that wasn't possible so just ran to enjoy it. I finished in 3:03 and was amazed.....