Posted: 01/10/2014 at 20:18
Apologies for jumping in at the last minute. I'm also running on Sunday: 10th marathon but first time at Chester. Really looking forward to it (although of course I'm also nervous!). Looks like it's an event with great organisation and a great course. Relieved to read Wrexhambob's description of the last hill at Sandy Lane not being too long or dramatic. Was just wondering if you (or anyone else who knows the course) could share any more info about what the last 6 miles are like (this is the bit I really want to prepare myself for as aiming for a big pb if all goes to plan).
Agree with what has already been said about expecting to run significantly faster on race day than during training runs but certainly think you need to have a planned pace and stick to it for the first 18 - 20 miles (I have crashed and burned way too many times due to feeling great during the first half and suddenly deciding I can run a marathon much quicker than any of my preparation suggested I could!).
Good luck to all with surviving the rest of the taper madness.