Hi all, I'm looking to get a ballot place in london 2012, I've entered 3 marathons previously:
Oct 2009-Snowdonia- 4:12,-25mpw.
May 2010- Chester - 3:35,-40mpw.
Apr 2011 -Llannelli -DNF,- 55mpw. Collapsed at 24.0mile sign 2:44 in, heat exhaustion,very hot day I thought, bang on for 2:58,never mind, a good training run I suppose)
Several valuable lessons were learned that day.
1)- on a hot day take more than plane water, ie hydration tablets in hindsight nuun tablets or similar would probably would of got me through that last 2.1 mile in the the 16 mins left to 3 hour target time.
2)- in training do more long runs on relentless flat miles rather than terrain which was vastly different on fells or cross country type long runs with sets of steps in the middle which blatantly took me over lactate threshold with 2 hours still to go on some runs.
3)- I'd secondly want to start training at a faster weight for efficiency rather than 12st at Llannelli. I have since got down to 10st 12lbs and am able to race much faster in all distances .
What are other peoples thoughts on any of that/or experience.