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  1. Cian McDermott says:

    Hey – great blog!
    Just wondering if you know are there toilets along the route of the Dub marathon. Got into a bit of bother at the recent Berlin marathon around 30km!!
    Looking forward to Monday..

    • Run and Jump says:

      Thanks Cian – there’ll be toilets at each water station, which means every 3 miles (5 km).

      To avoid any more problems, have a light breakfast 3 hours before the race, avoid fibre & caffeine, don’t drink too much fluid before the race, and don’t eat or drink anything you haven’t already tried before a long run.

      Good luck and enjoy the race!

  2. Sinead says:

    Hello,training for Dublin marathon, my 2nd marathon.aiming for 4.15.Most I have done lately in training is 15m,now heading away for 2 weeks hols, beginning to panic a bit, any advice?

    • Run and Jump says:

      Sinead – a 15-mile long run by 7 weeks before the marathon sounds okay.

      Is the panic due to your target time? What time did you do your first marathon in? Or is it due to the 2 week holiday? Will you get any running in during your holidays at all?

  3. Hi again – any advice for the final week? I’ve planned a few short runs to keep legs ticking over. All good now

    • Run and Jump says:

      My final week priorities pre-marathon: sleep, hydration, preparing my race-day gear, carbs off Tuesday to Thursday, back on slightly more carbs on the weekend, and a few short runs too. Good luck!

  4. Thanks for the tips! Am going to do the last 6 miles of the marathon this morning. Can’t wait for Roebuck hill!

  5. Ruth ag rith says:

    Any thoughts on training plans that don’t include a 20 miler before the 26.2? I’ve used Hal Higdon’s plans for my previous marathons. The runs were prescribed by just distance and not tempo/pace/easy runs etc. Using this approahc, my first was 12 years ago and I ran a 3:43. I took in no fuel during the race and on pure luck and adrenaline soared over the finish line smiling, That was a fluke! Using Hal’s plans I’ve run a 4:08 and a 3:56 in recent years. Both times I ‘bonked’ at mile 18 – 20.

    This time I thought I’d try a plan that may address some of my issues. Firstly I’m using a plan that is a combination of a Hanson and McMillan plan. Speedwork/tempo or cutdowns on Mondays. Easy runs Weds, Thurs, Fri and long run on Saturday. The speedwork is definitely challenging me and I hope it’s building strength and stamina to help stop me hitting the wall so badly. I’ve learned about gu and will practice with that when I get to longer training runs. I’m only doing 12 -14 mile long runs in the plan currently. However, it’s freaking me out that the plan only calls for three 16-milers. No 18 or 20 milers! The 16 milers include fast finishes and miles at faster than race pace but I’m wondering about mentally standing at the starting line knowing I’m going to have to run 10 miles longer than my longest training run.

    Long question but what’s your thoughts on a plan that includes more hard runs during the week but only requires 16 mile long runs?

  6. Ruth ag rith says:

    Thanks so much for the reply. Of course, that sounds so logical when you say it! I think I might try to extend one of the 16-milers to 18 miles and not mess with the rest of the plan. Will let you know how it goes! Really love your blog by the way. Thanks for writing it.

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