@Millsy - I was aiming for 3:30 but judging by my current shape 3:45 is more realistic. If you are chasing me and look really pissed off I might get to the coveted 3 and a half
@cougie - don't get me wrong, I'm very much affected by the comments here and I went from super enthusiastic can't-wait-for-the-xminis-to-arrive to considering giving it up. I'll also enquire what the people I run with think about it and if they are of the same opinion I might as well do.
Now that I have the xminis anyway - I'll at least give it a go in the park and see how people react, if I don't get objects hurled at me then at least my music should be tolerable
I'll be running a full marathon in a week. I was preparing for 3:30 but due to injury have barely run at all over the last month. Normally I wouldn't run at all the week before the race but now, due to my abominable shape, I'm tempted to put in some last minute effort so I can at least go for 3:50. How much training would you recommend?
I'm tempted to run every day, alternating between light (e.g. 10km slow) and hard (e.g. 20km race pace) up to 3-4 days before the race - would this help or would it just burn me out?
No guys, not a wind-up, and sorry for not showing up - I thought I'd get email notifications if someone is replying, which I didn't. It's a serious question and I really didn't expect such a negative reaction - I'll reconsider, although I'm not completely sold yet I'm surprised that hearing someone else's music selection can be such a dreadful experience.
My reasoning is that even if someone doesn't like my taste of music - it's highly unlikely that they'll spend more than 10 minutes within hearing distance. Also, I've run at events where there's been bands playing around the road, people blasting music from their homes at the London marathon, etc - and I've always found it cool and motivating, even if it's not my favourite music - and I have a pretty narrow taste.
Anyway, thanks for the honest opinions, please share further trhoughts, especially if you've seen someone doing it - was it really that annoying? As for the threats - you'll need to catch me first to tie my shoelaces or whatever - if you hear the annoying guy with the two xminis - try to get me, I dare you
I'm about to run my full marathon. I've been training with headphones as music is a great motivating force for me. However, headphones are banned at my event. I got the idea of getting X-minis and running with them - this way I'll also provide a soundtrack to my fellow runners and won't have anything in my ears to compromise safety.
Common sense dictates that these should be allowed, it's not a hazard after all - but does anyone have such an experience? It looks like many events have banned headphones and include more or less the same wording:
As per BARR and UKA guidelines, IPod and MP3 players will be banned. Do not enter the race with headphones or earphones – you may be disqualified
I couldn't find the specific wording of these guidelines, however. Does anyone know more about this?