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EE2 - I can confirm the paris thread is very much alive and posting.
Found you all now - checking in from the Brighton thread.
Looking forward to Berlin again after running it last year and getting my GFA time. This year its all out to find 6 minutes and go sub 3hr - anyone got any good training plans. Ran 3h:12m in Brighton but lost most of that in the last 10k with blistering.
Well done on Brighton! Thats a great time! What plan did you follow for Brighton?
Sounds like a lot of the guys on this thread are dead serious about getting a pb at Berlin. I started my Berlin training on April 1st and I've clocked up 80 miles this month so far, so count me in the group of being serious about getting a pb! Did my first interval session yesterday and boy did it hurt! a really good way to get the fitness up though.
Just signed up for two 10k's next month at Helensburgh and Clydebank, topped off with the Edinburgh Half Marathon at the end of May.
Monk- The Marathon has had mixed fortunes for me too, New York 2006 took unwell traveling over to race, London 2007 heat got the better of me (was 23 degrees), London 2011 took ill the week before the race. As Iain says if the Marathon was that easy everyone would have done one! I'm sure if you take a time out to recover from Sunday you can re-focus and get that pb at Berlin.
Andy- Welcome back, great running at Brighton just the same, sure you'll get under 3 at Berlin.
Elizabeth- Youcan help keep us motivated at the same time.
ps - should we not move this thread to Events forum? It seems a bit buried with all the Genral Running
Andy - how would we do that?
When I signed up for Berlin, I hadn't run a marathon and so couldn't put a time in. I did Brighton last week and the time would put me (going by last years) in a different starting pen. OK, it's only one more forward than the very last one but it's a start.
Do you think it would be worth emailing them to let them know I know have a time?
sleaver - i emailed them last year re something similar and after lots of requests i got moved forward. Training starts monday as legs had weeks rest from Brighton.
No hills!!! Berlin is by far the fastest course i have run so can't wait. Did any of the Brighton runners see the C4 highlights today - didn't do it justice at all.
After I had ran Brighton I can remember saying something along the lines of "Berlin, no way" as Brighton was my first marathon. Come Monday I was considering it and now I'm at the point where I'm 99% sure I'm going to run it .
I saw the highlights as well. There was a bit near the end where they were showing people who were struggling and then out of the blue I appeared behind one of them. I kind of felt bad because I can't remember seeing them struggling but by the time I was on Maderia Drive, there was only one thing I was looking at and that was the word "Finish".
Does anyone who's done Berlin before know what energy drinks are provided along the route? Can't seem to find it on the website... Thanks
What David said.
Stephen- After doing the race in 2011 were I struggled with the small plastic cups that they gave the water out in I decided to use my camelbak last year to save a bit of time at the congested water stations and to get proper amounts of water on board during the race. Can't remember if they gave out gels during the race as I had plenty of my own with me. I use sis gels, which I've used in training and I'm a bit funny about using stuff (especially gels) that I have not used in training (Lucozade gels upset my stomach).
Anyone watch the VLM today?
noticed how on the bbc news the other day when they were talking about Boston and London and the interviewer said Boston was more serious than London which is a fun run...says it all really....i think Berlin has it about right, still a serious race with charity/fun runners. Watching VLM it just seems its gone too far towards fun running and fancy dress etc (not that its a bad thing btw)
hated the cups last year but i suppose that stops us all drinking too much at each station as most of it ends up on the floor anyway. I always carry a bottle of Powerade with me - cannot even do 5 miles without that bottle - even if i never drink any of it, total superstition.
I suppose the easiest way would be to set up a new thread in events and post a link to it from here.
Unless some clever person knows a way of shifting it.
I've just found this....