...offer 1 last bit of advice?
It may just be my personal opinion…but looking at your watch is marathon suicide! My personal advice would be maybe look at it after the first half mile to check ur not going too fast but from then on, do you best not to look at it at all..
Its great to have a target but you're going to get what you're going to get. It would be better to keep asking your self the question "Ive got 25 miles left…can I sustain this pace? I've got 24 miles left, can I sustain this pace".
Otherwise you can find yourself surging or running harder than your body wants to just to maintain a pace. Some sections are very fast, others less so, some are bad GPS due to buildings… You want to take all those possible problems out of your head and try to tune in to to you body completely for just under 3 hours..
Take your gels/drinks before your body asks you to as then its too late.
Final bit.. try to make it as easy and comfortable as possible to half way/20miles. Theres nothing wrong with feeling good! They say run the first 20 miles with your head and the last 6.2 with your heart!
Whatever u do…best of luck you've had a great training block, will be rooting for you!
Yes I know what you mean about surges, currently if the watch says 6.55 I go into panic mode, speed up and when I look again it says 5.55! So maybe looking at watch all the time doesn't work so well for me anyway. Main concern is running first few miles too quick and then blowing up. Racing over 13 miles is unknown for me so I'm quite intrigued as to what will happen... Ok - I will try to run on feel and won't look at watch much - aargh! If I do end up getting it wrong then at least I'll have a time to beat :)
Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated!
If you get it wrong just blame me! Enjoy it, it's an amazing distance and you will feel a good buzz for a few days after (and then few a bit low until you set a new goal-so get on that quickly!!)
(G) I too worried about being able to run at a target pace but it's hard to run slowly enough on the day with the atmosphere carrying you along. Just check your watch each km, mile and 5k etc.
The marathon is not a race! All you can do is crank out a steady pace and hope by 35k you don't feel so fucked you have to stop.
Enjoy it, when I ran London in 2015 it was sooo good. You'll be able to beat my PB :)
Thanks Charli and G, ok I'll expect to feel in some pain by 35k :) treating it as a 'challenge' rather than a race haha!
Me and Ingrid plan to be somewhere mile 1 or 2ish and then mile 19.5 where it is dead quiet so you will definitely see and hear us
Ok brill will look out for you! :)