Posted: 22/04/2012 at 19:36
I'm in for the full marathon, along with my running buddy (who is only just still speaking to me after I talked her into it then told her what the ascent and descent was!). We did 15m with 400m of climb and averaged 11:30 min miles this weekend. Bit worried about the amount of climb in the actual race at 1300-1400m in 26 miles. We need to do more hills in training. Off to do the Hawkshead 17km trail race next weekend and planning some runs in the Peak District, Cannock Chase and am planning to pop down to CyB the weekend of the 12th May to run part of the route.
I managed to map the route (more or less) onto an OS map (using a highlighter pen) using the Map my Run route, using a combination ot the topo map and the satellite map. There were only a few points where the tracks on the computer didn't seem to appear on the OS map - but i think that's becasue the forestry commission move stuff around on a regular basis. I'm not quite sure how easy it will be to translate that to the ground though. I'm OK in the mountains and on moorland, but forests are more difficult to navigate. I may need to steal Mr Muddy's GPS. Even if i can't run on the actual route it's worth having a go in the area. The hills around me are all long, not short and steep. Hence the trips to Cannock.
Think we'll be OK to make it to 20 miles in 4:30. But its gonna hurt. I just need to make sure that we don't set off to quickly.
Has anyone tried Shotz energy gels? The website says that they will be supplied, but I'm not familiar with this brand. I may carry my own High5 gels. I'm planning to carry a small ruc-sac with some additional water, clothes and food. I get cold quickly so if i have to walk for whatever reason i'll need extra layers.
I'm worried, but excited!
No idea where to stay before hand.
Good luck in building the big miles over the next 7 weeks or so!!!!