Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:20
I am doing my first marathon too in 10 days time after a year or so of 10ks, 10-milers and half-marathons.
I have done almost nothing differently to be honest. I have considered the half-marathon and 10-mile race that I did last month be pretty fair training on top of the normal training runs I would do - a speed training run, something like a 10k and I also play football with some friends.
The only thing I added was one longer run last weekend, to see where I was at in terms of pace, and to give my legs preparation. I aimed to go anything from 17 miles and up and did 21.
Next Sunday I will make sure that I have more water, more fuel mid-race (probably jelly babies) and then have a recovery milkshake afterwards; and I now have a better idea of the pace I can achieve.